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 that cover the surface. When immature, the skin will be thin and edible, but when overly mature, the skin will turn thick and tough to eat. The white flesh is tender, moist, and spongy and contains many small, edible, cream-colored to pale yellow seeds. When fresh, Tinda is soft with a mild flavor similar to a cucumber.