The Sweet Pickles: Gherkins

Gherkin is a fruit similar in form and nutritional value to a cucumber. Gherkin (Cucumis anguria) is a medicinal herb which belongs to the cucumber family. [Read more…]

Medicinal Uses of Luffa-Ridge Gourd

A natural jaundice remedy, the fruits of Luffa acutangula (Ridge Gourd) (belonging to family cucurbitaceae) are grown, harvested before maturity and is very popular in Asia. Ridge gourd as whole, seeds and dried crusts are all used for medicinal purposes. [Read more…]

Health Benefits of the Slimy Pods: Okra

Another addition to the list of vegetables with tremendous and promising potential in the health world is Okra. Abelmoschus esculentus or Hibiscus esculentus, okra is also referred to as Lady’s finger outside US in English speaking countries and bhindi in India. Okra is popular not only for its culinary benefits but for its wide range of medicinal properties and nutritional value as well. [Read more…]

The Magic of Green: Medicinal Properties of Curry Leaves

Curry leaves or Sweet neem leaf (Murraya Koenigii) is an aromatic leaf generally used in south Indian cuisine. Curry leaves have antioxidant properties. They are rich in Vitamin C, and minerals calcium, phosphorus and iron, nicotinic acid and therefore serve as good nutritional supplements.
Curry leaves in cooking [Read more…]

Panacea for All Diseases: The Miracle Called Neem

The Indian Lilac or neem (Azadirachta indica), is native to India and grows in tropical and subtropical regions. Christened as “sacred tree,” “Heal All,” “Nature’s Drugstore,” “Village Pharmacy,” and “Panacea for all Diseases” all parts of the tree including seeds, leaves, flowers, fruits, bark have medicinal properties. Neem tree due to its incredible properties has been declared as “tree of the 21st century” by United Nations. [Read more…]

Ridge Gourd

Description
Ridge gourd, or Turaj or Turiya as it is also known as, is a common vegetable in India and many other South Asian countries. It is dark green in color, and has a tapering end to it. The pulp of this vegetable is white in color. Generally, it is consumed after peeling off the skin and cutting it into small pieces. It is widely used in curries. [Read more…]

Snake Gourd

Description
Snake gourd is a very common vegetable consumed all over India. It is greenish in color, and has a snake like shape, giving it its name. It has its origin in India. It is slightly elongated in shape, and basically has its roots in the cucumber family. [Read more…]

Radish

Description
Radish, or (Raphanus sativus), is a part of the Brassicaceae family. It is basically a root vegetable, and is edible, having high nutritional content and medicinal values. They are widely popular all across the globe, and is cultivated and consumed throughout. It was first cultivated in the pre-Roman era in Europe. It hardly took any time before it spread all over the world, and is today consumed with relish. As the meaning of the Greek name Raphanus suggests, radish is a very quick germinating plant (Raphanus = quickly appearing). [Read more…]

Turnip

Description
Turnip is a very common and widely known vegetable. Its most common variety, the white turnip (Brassica rapa var. rapa), is basically a root vegetable, like the radish. It is much suited to the temperate climate, though with the advancement of technology it is now being grown in all parts of the world. They are also heavily imported and exported. [Read more…]

Ivy Gourd

Description
Ivy gourd, more popularly known as tendli or tindora, is a plant grown widely in the tropical regions. It is a very common vegetable in India and Pakistan. It is a climbing vine, which is highly aggressive in nature. It very quickly spreads over other plants, shrubs, bushes, fences, and may even creep in through your window. It grows very fast, and is an annual crop. It can spread either by way of seeds, or even vegetative. The climber is slender, and has roots coming out at places. The tendrils or tip is quote long, and can wrap around the host very effectively. It has elastic properties, making it easier to make its way up. It has large, white flowers, leaves in the shape of hearts or sometimes pentagons, and it has a green fruit when it is raw, which matures into a bright ripe red by the time it is ready to be picked. These fruits are of the berry varieties, being oval in shape, and with no hair whatsoever. Many people belonging to South Asian countries, as well as Indonesia, consume the fruits and the leaves. [Read more…]