[Indian round gourd, apple gourd, Indian baby pumpkin, Praecitrullus fistulosus alt Citrullus vulgaris]
Native to India, this gourd is popular in the cuisines of Northern India and
Pakistan. It's becoming more common in Southern California and is seasonally
available in markets that have a significant Indian / Pakistani element in
their clientel. The gourd is eaten in an immature stage when it will be
about 3 inches in diameter and tender with skin that does not need to be
peeled. Seeds of more mature gourds are also eaten.