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The Benefits Of Sponge Gourd

10 Oct

One of the healthiest green vegetables is Sponge Gourd also known as lufa. Lufa is basically a fruit but consumed as vegetable. To make it edible, one needs to harvest it at early stage of development. The fully developed gourd is used as the scrubbing sponge in bathrooms and kitchens. This particular vegetable is considered to be originated from Arabic desserts and spread all over the world.

Sponge Gourd

Sponge Gourd


Climate and Harvesting

  • The ideal temperature for cropping Sponge Gourd is between 25 and 30 degrees.
  • It cultivates well in the warm weather.
  • Low temperature kills the plants.
  • High temperature like 35 degrees restricts fruit set.
  • It can be grown on any type of soils.
  • It takes around 60 days to be fully grown.
  • The fruits should be harvested at early stage of production.
  • In the temperature of 10 to 12 degrees the fresh Sponge Gourd can be stored for 2-3 weeks.
Sponge Gourds

Sponge Gourds

Benefits

  • Blood purifier: it is said to be an excellent blood purifier as it flushes out the pollutants from the blood.
  • Prevent Diabetes: gourds have insulin which is extremely beneficial for diabetes.
  • Good for stomach: it prevents indigestion which leads to healthy stomach.
  • Skin care: fully grown gourds can be used as scrubber. It helps to eliminate dead skin cells from the body or face.
  • Weight loss: it helps to prevent cholesterol therefore it helps to lose weight.
  • As it is good for stomach it cures jaundice.
  • Other than food, Sponge Gourd can be coupled with other vegetables to use plastic recycling.
Lufa

Lufa

To utilize land effectively farmers generally use vegetables in rotation. This is called intercropping. Sponge Gourd is an intercrop vegetable which is intercropped with Tomato and Spinach.
These gourds are sometimes arrow straight sometimes curved in shape. The fruit has ridge lines that run across the fruit skin. Due to that looks it is also known as Ridge Gourd. The fruit which is edible as vegetable is so tender that it can be cut into small pieces in any shapes and sizes. The hard Lufa is fully grown gourd. It has many fibers in their skin. It is so hard that it is used to clean the kitchen utensils and sometimes used to clean bathroom floor and such.

These gourds taste too bitter to consume. Sometimes after peeling off the skin it can taste less bitter. That is why Lufa is consumed after frying it or sometimes one can prepare a spicy curry with it.

Turnip And Its Health Benefits

11 Jun

Turnip from Brassicaceae family, is one of the starchy vegetables that are good for human. Along with the turnip, its leaves and sprouts are also edible & highly nutritious and widely consumed in European, Asian and East American Cuisines. Since turnip is a nutritional vegetable, it is high in demand worldwide and India ranks 2nd for its production.

Turnip Health Benefits

Turnip Health Benefits

This root vegetable can be consumed in several forms such as raw, boiled, cooked, fried and roasted, depends on the taste of the individuals. Turnip provides various benefits as it is rich in vitamins which include Vitamin A, Vitamin C & Vitamin K and vital minerals such as calcium, copper and manganese. This wonder vegetable is further acclaimed for containing less calories and high concentrated compounds. Some of the benefits of Turnip and Turnip Greens (Turnip leaves) are discussed below:

  • Prevents Cancer – Due to the presence of antioxidants, phytochemicals and glucosinolates, turnip reduces the risk of cancer. In addition to this, if turnip is included in daily diet, it decreases the effect of carcinogens and inhibit the growth of tumor cells.
  • Boosts Cardiovascular System – Turnip contains large amount of vitamin K therefore, it has great inflammatory properties that further prevents heart failure, heart strokes and other ailments. Moreover, this root vegetable is a rich source of foliate thus, helps to improve cardiovascular system.
  • Improves Digestion – Presence of glucosinlates and fiber content in turnip greens acts as a aid in digestion and hence, improves the digestive system of the body.

  • Treats Asthma – Owing to the presence of vitamin C and anti-oxidants, turnip is highly effective in curing asthma.

  • Good for Weight Loss – Turnips contain very less calories and high fiber content therefore, it regulates the metabolism of body and keeps weight in check. Additionally, it has high level of phytochemicals which help to detoxify the body and eliminates toxin, that further helps in removing extra fat from the body.
  • Supports Immune System – For better functioning of immune system, it is necessary for the body to produce healthy membranes. And for this, turnip plays a major role as this root vegetable contains beta-carotene content in high level which strengthens the immune system.
  • Care for Eyes – Turnip greens are a rich source of lutein, which is beneficial for eyes health. Moreover, regular consumption of turnip prevents the occurrence of eye diseases such as vision loss in aged people and blurred vision due to clouding of eye-lens.
  • Prevents Skin Ageing – An anti-oxidant i.e vitamin C is found in abundance in turnip and turnip greens. Owing to this, the free radical eliminates from the body and helps to keep signs of ageing such as wrinkles, fine lines, dark spots and skin tanning at bay.
  • Maintains Healthy Hair – Consumption of turnips in daily diet may help to maintain healthy hair as these are the good source of vital minerals.

  • Brightens the Skin – Turnips are one of the richest source of vitamins A and Vitamin C which further helps in making the skin soft, supple, healthy and glowing

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