Tinda is a small vegetable that looks like a cross between a green apple and a pumpkin. It is three inches in diameter, short and squat like a pumpkin, with a dark green stem. The white flesh is tender and it tastes very similar to a cucumber. The seeds within are edible, though they can be removed for various cooking applications.
Tinda is native to India and is popular in the northern part of the country and in Pakistan. The gourd is becoming more popular in Southern California, where it can be found at farmer’s markets and in specialty Asian food stores.