Bottle Gourd, also known as ‘Lauki’, s a vegetable with pale, smooth and waxy green surface and white spongy pulp. Bottle Gourd has always been regarded as one of the healthiest veggies. This very versatile vegetable is full of water (about 92%) and minerals and keeps your body hydrated.
The bitter gourd (also known as bitter melon) looks like a cucumber but with gourd-like bumps all over it. As the name implies, this vegetable is a melon that is bitter.
Bitter gourd thrives in hot and humid climates, so are commonly found in Asian countries and South America.
Bitter gourds are very low in calories but dense with precious nutrients. It is an excellent source of vitamins B1, B2, and B3, C, magnesium, folate, zinc, phosphorus, manganese, and has high dietary fiber.
Turnips are starchy vegetables belonging to the Brassicaceae family which also includes cabbage, kale, brussels sprouts etc. The inner flesh of turnip vegetable is white in color with tinges of purple to pink to red whereas the skin color of the root bulb depends on the amount of sunlight it receives and is usually white. Like most other vegetables, turnips are low in calories and hence, quite nutritious.
Okra is also known as “lady’s finger,” or “bamia pod”.
The okra pods are among the very low-calorie vegetables. They provide just 30 calories per 100 g besides containing no saturated fats or cholesterol. Nonetheless, they are rich sources of dietary fiber, minerals, and vitamins; often recommended by nutritionists in cholesterol controlling and weight reduction programs.