Shark fin squash (scientific name: Cucurbita ficifolia) has many different names. It is a relative of the winter melon known as the shark fin squash or melon. Why is it called the shark fin squash? How is it related to the shark?
You see, when it is cooked, the flesh flakes into thin shreds that look like shark fin. This is similar to the spaghetti squash where the shreds resemble spaghetti. The Chinese like to use these shreds to make soup that is similar to shark fin's soup.
The shark fin squash contains loads of vitamins and minerals as well as dietary fiber. It is low in calories and has a detoxifying effect. It is said to have high D-Chiro-Inositol content and therefore good for diabetes.
I have heard that it is quite easy to grow in a garden.