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General Information:

 Ash Gourd, also known as Benincasa hispida, winter melon, wax gourd, white pumpkin, and Chinese watermelon, is a fruit native to parts of Southern Asia. It grows on a vine and matures into a round or oblong melon. Ash Gourd’s mild taste is reminiscent of cucumber and the fruit’s flesh is a particularly popular addition to Indian dishes.

Ash Gourd can likewise be used to make candy, jam, ketchup, cakes, ice cream or a sweet Indian delicacy known as petha. It’s also a popular addition to juices and smoothies.

Specifications of Ash Gourd:

Category Cucurbitaceae plant family
Plant Spacing 3.0 m x 2.0 m
Climate requirements 24 degree celsius to 31 degree celsius
PH Range 6.0 to 6.5
Difficulty Level Easy

Ash Gourd Health Benefits:

The entire Ash Gourd plant, including fruit peel, flower, seed and leaves are used. Biochemical activity of the fruit includes anti-oxidative, anti-inflammatory, anti-angiogenic, detoxificant and curvative effects in treating various ailments.

  • Accelerates Weight Loss.
  • Augments Heart Function.
  • Detoxifies The Kidneys.
  • Enhances Digestive System.
  • Strengthens Respiratory Processes.
  • Complements Ketogenic Diet.
  • Ash gourd juice is a rich source of iron that prevents brain disorders.
  • The pulp of ash gourd fruit has anti-inflammatory and anti-depressants properties that aid in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.
  • The bioactive compounds in ash gourds like phenolics and sterol also help in treating epilepsy.

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