Fresh Sponge Guard
Only the young fruit of the Sponge gourd is used in culinary applications. Young Sponge gourds may be eaten raw, like cucumbers, or cooked as a vegetable. Sponge gourd may be used in dishes that call for squash, zucchini or okra. As its name suggests, Sponge gourd also soaks up the flavors of the accompanying spices and ingredients. Sponge gourd can be used in soups, curries, chutneys and stir-fries. The Sponge gourd is good simply steamed and finished with a drizzle of sesame oil and soy sauce, or with browned garlic and slices of chili pepper for flavor. It may also be stuffed with meat, such as pork, and steamed. Sponge gourd can eaten raw – it can be cut into slices and used in salads. The fruit is best consumed as soon as it is bought or harvested. Sponge gourd can be stored in the refrigerator for 4 to 5 days.