Tinda Orchad Green Sel. HY 114 - Seeds
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(Citrullus vulgaris) Also known as apple gourd. The very tender and tasty fruit are flat round in shape and weight 3 to 4 ounces at harvest. Prolific vines grow 40 to 50 inches long and have hair on the stems and leaves. Flowering begins at 30 to 35 days and first harvest follows 15 to 20 days later.
The tinda and plural called tinday, also called Indian round gourd or apple gourd or Indian Baby Pumpkin, is a squash-like cucurbit grown for its immature fruit, a vegetable especially popular in South Asia. It is the only member of the genus Praecitrullus. "tinda" is also called "tindsi" in rajasthan. In Marathi, it is called Dhemase. In Sindhi language, it is called Meha.
Planting & Care
Soil: Sandy loam soils rich in organic matter with good drainage and pH ranging from 6.5-7.5 is best suited for Tinda cultivation. This crop requires a moderate warm temperature.
Season: Seeds are sown during January-February.
Seed treatment: Treat the seeds with Trichoderma viride 4g or Pseudomonas fluroscens 10 g or Carbendazim 2g/kg of seed.
Preparation of field: Plough the field to fine tilth and form long channels at 1.5m apart.
Sowing: Sow the seeds on one side of the channel. hin the seedlings after 15 days to maintain two/pit at 0.9 m spacing.
Water: Irrigate the field before dibbling the seeds and thereafter once in a week.
Fertilizers: Apply FYM 10 t/ha, N 20 kg/ha as basal and N 20 kg/ha 30 days after sowing.Apply Azospirillum and Phosphobacteria @ 2 kg/ha and Pseudomonas @ 2.5 kg/ha along with FYM 50 kg and neem cake @ 100 kg before last ploughing.
After cultivation: Weeding is done thrice to control the weed population.
- Very popular in many Indian gourmet dishes.
- Seeds seeds of the Tinda Gourd are also roasted and eaten.
- Mature fruits can be varnished and used as table decorations.