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.
French beans have a thin, cylindrical shape with plump indentations along their contour, outlining the peas inside, which are shelled tightly within the bean flesh. The peas, which are essentially the bean’s seeds, are a vibrant lime green in color, semi starchy in texture with a mild taste of the beans sweet and grassy flavors.
French beans provide less starch and protein than dried bean varieties, though they have higher levels of Vitamin A and Vitamin C.
Apple Gourd (‘Tinda’) looks very much like green apple, but has squash like taste, texture and seeds inside. It is considered to be mild when it comes to digestion and can be easily digested. Further it supplies with ample supplies of essential nutrients and phytochemcials which aid in the well being of our body. Just like cucumber, this vegetable fruit is full of water. It contains about water for 95% of its weight. A serving of 100 gram of Apple Gourd would offer only 65 calories, which is same as a loaf of bread! But it is more filling in nature with the dose of carbohydrates, fibers, proteins and other vitamins and minerals.