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Chinese small marrow or d'Zhit Gwa
This fruit can best be described as a cross between a marrow and a courgette. It has a deep green skin with lighter green speck, and is often picked when 8 inches long by 3 inches wide. However sizes can vary considerably.
When buying from a wet market or supermarket, look for firm fruit that has a healthy green colour. Reject any soft ones, as these have been picked a few days and are not as nice to eat.


When cut open this vegetable smells just like sweet cucumber. Like me you may be tempted to try a piece.

Do not eat this unless it has been cooked first! I cannot tell you why just yet.
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Treat and use in exactly the same way as you would a courgette (Zucchini), marrow or cooked cucumber.

Recipe - d'Zhit Gwa sidedish
Cantonese chefs slice these into half discs up to a quarter of an inch wide and simply simmer under a good heat in a wok for between 5 and 10 minutes.

You can use them in countless other recipes as a substitute for: Courgettes, marrow, mango and any similar gourd or vegetable. You can interpolate from recipes given on these pages also: Courgettes and Mango
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