One of the most appreciated vegetables in Ayurveda is Ash Gourd. Its medicinal properties are also found in Ayurvedic texts like Charak Samhita.
More About Ash Gourd
Ash Gourd is known by various names such as winter melon, fuzzy melon, Chinese watermelon, white pumpkin and wax Gourd. It is believed to be native to Asia. Fresh and young Ash Gourd is hairy and becomes waxed and powdery as it matures. It is round and comparable to the size and shape of watermelon and pumpkin. Chinese and Indian cuisine add ash gourd into soups, stews, jam, cakes and ice creams. It can be fried, candied or even eaten raw. Ash Gourd has a mild sweet taste and high water content so even enjoyed as fruit juices, smoothies and as India’s favourite “Petha”.
100 gm of Ash Gourd contains:
- Energy: 86.2kcal
- Carbohydrates: 12.5g
- Dietary Fiber: 0.6g
- protein: 2g
It also contains Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Calcium and Manganese.
- The laxative properties of Ash Gourd help in easy bowel movement and aid digestion by preventing bloating, constipation and stomach cramps.
- The acidity, peptic ulcers and intestinal parasites can be combated by ash gourd juice.
- Water dense and low calories make ash gourd best for weight watchers.
- Internal bleeding in the kidney, nose bleeding in summers can be controlled by Ash Gourd juice.
- Ash Gourd is a natural sedative, which means it soothes and relaxes the mind and treats mental illness.
Ash Gourd should be stored in a dry, cool place. It can be cut, placed in a plastic container and refrigerated for weeks.
Country of Origin: India
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