Chinese Zucchini (or Moqua, but not to be confused with Mozakka) is a type of summer squash that resembles zucchini. Similar to other members of the cucurbitaceae family, Chinese zucchini has its origins in Asia and Africa.
Chinese summer squash has a similar appearance to zucchini but tends to have a more bitter flavor. When young, the flesh of this type of summer squash is pale with a delicate sweetness. It's best to enjoy Chinese Zucchini while it still retains its smooth creamy texture; as it ages, the skin of the summer squash becomes rough, and the flesh becomes stringy.
The best time to enjoy this type of summer squash is in the early stages of its life, while it still has a delicate texture. The older the Chinese zucchini becomes, the limp and dry its flesh becomes. It's also great when sauteed with other types of vegetables.
Though grown in many countries, this type of squash is most popular in China. It's also known as Chinese zucchini, but is not to be confused with Mozakka or other types of moqua. Mozakka and moqua are both summer squash that resemble zucchini; unlike the more bitter moqua, Mozakka is a type of zucchini that's been salted and dried before storage.
According to Chinese cuisine, the best time to enjoy moqua with its smooth texture is when it's young. As it ages, the exterior becomes rough and the flesh develops a stringy texture. In addition to tasting great with olive oil or butter, mo
Chinese Zucchini are eaten most frequently when young and tender, less so after their seeds have reached maturity. After harvesting the fruit from the plant, leave it to sit for a few days until the skin becomes slightly wrinkled. Then, rinse it gently in cold water and cut off both ends before cooking with salt or other spices.
In China, this squash is most commonly used in stir-fried dishes, salads, soups, and stews. It can be used raw or cooked depending on personal preference and the dish it will be added to.
Global moqua (fuzzy squash) production
The top moqua-producing countries in the world are China, India, and Mexico. Together, these three countries account for over 80% of the global moqua production.
In China, moqua is primarily grown in the provinces of Yunnan and Sichuan. The climate in these regions is ideal for growing this type of squash, with warm days and cool nights. China is by far the biggest producer of moqua, accounting for over 60% of global production.
India is the second largest producer of moqua, with a production level of around 15%. The majority of Indian moqua is grown in the state of Maharashtra, in the western part of the country. The climate here is also well-suited for growing this type of squash.
Mexico rounds out the top three moqua-producing countries in the world. Mexico produces around 5% of the world’s moqua supply. The majority of Mexican moqua is grown in the state of Jalisco, in the western part of the country.
Other moqua-producing countries include Vietnam, Thailand, and the Philippines. Together, these countries account for a small but significant portion of global production.