Ping Tung quickly became a favorite around here. The shape makes it easy to handle and use in the kitchen and it's flavor is exceptional. The plant does extremely well over all in the north. Ping Tung sets fruit earlier than most varieties, and keeps producing into the fall. Even though the fruits are smaller, the over all yield is higher. Harvest fruits when young, about 4" for a delicate treat, or let them grow full size to 12-15" long.