Bottle gourd (ചിരങ്ങ)
Bottle gourd (ചിരങ്ങ)

Bottle gourd (ചിരങ്ങ)

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    Bottle gourd (Calabash) nutrition facts

    Bottle gourd or calabash is a delicately flavored, Cucurbita family vegetable. It is one of the chief culinary vegetables in many tropical and temperate regions around the world.

    Bottle gourd is a fast growing, annual climber (vine) that requires adequate sunlight for flowering and fruiting. It can be grown in a wide range of soils and need trellis support for a spread.

    Its intensely branched stems bear musky, deep green, broad leaves just similar as that in pumpkins, and white, monoecious flowers in the summer. After about 75 days from the plantation, young, tender, edible fruits evolve that will be ready for harvesting.

    Bottle gourds come in wide range of shapes and sizes.The fruit features oval, pear-shaped or elongated and smooth skin that is light green. In the case of round or pear shaped calabash, their surface is marked by inconspicuous ridges that run lengthwise. Internally, its flesh is white, spongy and embedded with soft, tiny seeds. As the fruit begins to mature, its seeds gradually grow similar to as that in honeydew melons.

    Health benefits of Bottle gourd

    • Bottle gourd is one of the lowest calorie vegetables- carrying just 14 calories per 100 g. It is one of the vegetables recommended by the dieticians in weight-control programs.

    • Fresh gourds contain small quantities of folates, contain about 6 µg/100g (Provide just 1.5% of RDA). Folate helps reduce the incidence of neural tube defects in the newborns when taken by anticipant mothers during their early months of pregnancy.

    • Fresh calabash gourd is a modest source of vitamin-C (100 g of raw fruit provides 10 mg or about 17% of RDA). Vitamin-C is one of the powerful natural antioxidants that help the human body scavenge harmful free radicals, which otherwise, labeled as one of the reasons for cancer development.

    • Calabash facilitates easy digestion and movement of food through the bowel until it is excreted from the body. Thus, it helps in relieving indigestion and constipation problems.

    • Aslo, the vegetable is also a modest source of thiamin, niacin (vitamin B-3), pantothenic acid (vitamin B-5), pyridoxine (vitamin B-6) and minerals such as calcium, iron, zinc, potassium, manganese and magnesium.

    • Bottle gourd tender leaves and tendrils are also edible and indeed contain higher concentrations of vitamins and minerals than its fruit.

      PrincipleNutrient ValuePercentage of RDA
      Energy14 Kcal<1%
      Carbohydrates3.39 g2.5%
      Protein0.62 g1%
      Total Fat0.02 g0.5%
      Cholesterol0 mg0%
      Dietary Fiber0.5 g1%
      Folates6 µg1.5%
      Niacin0.320 mg2%
      Pantothenic acid0.152 mg3%
      Pyridoxine0.040 mg3%
      Riboflavin0.022 mg2%
      Thiamin0.029 mg2.5%
      Vitamin A16 IU0.5%
      Vitamin C10.1 mg17%
      Sodium2 mg<1%
      Potassium150 mg3%
      Calcium26 mg2.6%
      Copper0.034 mg4%
      Iron0.20 mg2.5%
      Magnesium11 mg3%
      Manganese0.089 mg4%
      Phosphorus13 mg2%
      Selenium0.2 mg<1%
      Zinc0.70 mg6.5%

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