Drumstick

Description
The drumstick is a very well known vegetable, grown in many parts of India. It has good medicinal values and high nutrition content. It is also grown in many other countries worldwide, but mostly it is grown in India and Pakistan. The drumstick is highly sought after, mainly for its soft and tender pods. It has many wonderful characteristics, like being an anti bacterial and also a detoxifier.

The drumstick tree is a perennial tree. That is it can be grown all the year round. It is a slender tree, which grows almost straight up. It is not too tall or short, medium sized. It has a large canopy of branches, and creates arcs. They have fruits which looks like drumsticks (hence its name), and also white flowers. The leaves are mostly round in shape, and can be cooked and eaten. They are primarily vegetables. They are generally prepared in the same way as beans, but has a slightly different taste, like the taste of asparagus.

This tree is found in the backyards of houses all over the world, mainly in South India. A very common tree, it has a lot of values.

Buying Tips
While buying drumsticks in the market, you should keep in mind the following tips:

  1. The drumsticks have small bumps, which are due to the pods inside. You should always try to avoid buying those ones which have slightly bigger bumps and consequent greater attenuations in between these bumps. These are older drumsticks, and may taste bitter than the younger fresher ones.
  2. Try to go for greenish skinned drumsticks, especially those whit a smooth skin.
  3. If you make the correct choices while purchasing, and with some practice and knowledge you easily can, then you can get crunchier and tastier seeds to munch on.

Culinary Usage
The tender pods of the drumsticks are used widely in the preparation – “sambhar”, which is very popular in South India. However, there are obviously other different recipes, a common one being adding it in your soup, adding a typical oriental flavor to it. Some of the culinary uses of drumsticks are:

  1. They are very tasty, and increases your appetite.
  2. Sometimes, they are cut longitudinally into fine strips, and cooked with spicy gravy and chilly.
  3. If you are out for a formal meal, drumsticks may be served by splitting it open, and you have to eat the interior soft pods with the help of your spoon. It is a delicacy. During your family dinners, your teeth can obviously do the work of the spoon, as you do not need to be so formal. Generally the pods are eaten, while the outer skin is thrown away.
  4. Drumsticks may also be used for the purpose of garnishing, by chopping them into small pieces.
  5. The soft tender green pods are sometimes also used in other preparations, even with meat.

Storage
Drumsticks are generally stored by wrapping them in a plastic bag or paper to keep them fresh and dry. It is generally stored in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator, to keep it fresh for a longer period of time. However, as always, the faster it is consumed, the fresher it will be, and the better it will taste.

Medicinal Values
Almost all the parts of the drumstick tree, including their tree barks, fruits and flowers, all have their own unique medicinal values. One of the most important attribute of this vegetable is that it helps in curing cardiovascular disorders. Its medicinal properties can be listed as under:

  1. The presence of nutrients like Vitamin C, helps in strengthening the bones of the human body. It makes your body more healthy and strong, and helps in the growth of children.
  2. Drumsticks have a blood purifying property, which makes it a very useful vegetable. They help in removing harmful toxins from the blood.
  3. Doctors prescribe this vegetable for lactating mothers. This is because, its vital nutrients helps in reducing or abolishing any complications arising from pre or post delivery of the baby. Drumsticks also help in increasing the breast milk during the breastfeeding period. It reduces any type of sluggishness in the uterus during or before pregnancy, thus ensuring a safe delivery.
  4. Drumsticks also help in curing respiratory disorders, especially asthma patients. It helps in reducing congestions in the chest, coughs, fever and sore throats. The juice extracted from the pods is of high medicinal value, and should be given to children. One of the many methods given by doctors to reduce asthma, is to inhale the steam coming out from boiling drumsticks in fresh water.
  5. Other uses of drumsticks include its property of making your skin glow. Many beaty experts prescribe taking drumstick juice, mixed with lemon jioce in correct proportion, and dabbing it on your face.

Where to Buy Drumsticks in USA
In USA, drumsticks are grown all over the country in small scales, though it is mainly grown in Georgia and Florida. It is widely imported and exported throughout, both from other countries and also from state to state.

Nutrition and Dietary Information
Drumstick trees are one of the most common trees in the country of India. It is highly rich in vitamins and nutrients, and is often called “Power House of Minerals”. Research reveals that drumsticks contains almost 7 times the vitamin C in orange, 4 times calcium than in milk, 2 times the protein in milk, 4 times the vitamin A in carrot, and also 3 times the potassium in bananas. These facts may appear to be highly astonishing, nevertheless they are very true. The drumsticks pods and leaves also contain other nutrients like carotene. The nutrients present in this vegetable helps in increasing the breast milk during the breastfeeding period, and forms almost a complete diet for breastfeeding mothers. The pods may be used in edible oil extraction, which gives refined oil. This oil has the property of resisting rancidity, unlike other oils. The oil cake left behind after the oil extraction, can be used as fertilizers, because of its rich organic content.

Thus, with all the above interesting facts and great nutritive values, and its easy availability, you should include it in your regular diet, if not already included. Go green.

Nutrition Facts
Servings Size 1 drumstick
Calories from Fat 34.6%
Calories 90
Total Fat 6%
Sodium 16%
Total Carbohydrate 38.5%
Dietary Fiber 8%
Protein 14%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because it has not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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  1. Well, about this Drumstick I come know first from here. I never herd about this before. From here came to know many things about this Drumstick.

  2. eating raw says:

    Can we eat this vegetable raw, without cooking with say salad?

  3. here the information about drumstick so helpful but still i want to now information is how store in cold-rooms at what temperature, how many days it can be stored plz say me

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