Tinda is small to medium in size, averaging 5-8 centimeters in diameter, and is globular, squat, and slightly lopsided in shape, similar to a cross between a green apple and a pumpkin. The skin can be green, yellow, to brown and has shallow dimpling, lumps, and very small, soft, semi-prickly hairs.
Tinda is an excellent source of vitamin A, antioxidants, and has high water content. Tinda is best suited for cooked applications such as roasting, baking, sautéing, stir-frying, and grilling. It is recommended to consume Tinda when immature and still has thin skin, and it is most commonly found fresh or canned.