The Balsam Pear is a member of the squash family, resembling a cross between a cucumber and an okra. The skin is bumpy changing from yellow green when to yellow orange when ripe.
This bitter tasting vegetable is very popular in China,Taiwan, India, Thailand and the Philippines. The Balsam Pear mostly used in Asian and Indian cooking for making soups, stir fries, curries and pickles. They are also steamed and stuffed.