Gourd has been included in food for about 10,000 years.
According to modern science, 116 grams of bottle gourd contains about 95% water.
In ancient times water bottles, spoons, pipes, artifacts, utensils etc. were made from bottle gourd.
Bottle gourd is such a vegetable in the world, which is the oldest in human civilization. It is also known as Ghiya, whose juice and soup are also very beneficial for health. Ayurveda and food experts consider bottle gourd useful in intestinal weakness, constipation, jaundice, BP, heart disturbances, sugar, burning sensation in the body and mental problems. Gourd is being eaten all over the world including India. The special thing is that it is also used to make musical instruments.
Apart from food, it has many other functions.
Gourd is not only a necessity of the kitchen, it has been making its mark in various social, ritual and symbolic contexts. It is both long and rounded and its use is not limited to food, soup or juice. When it dries up completely, it has other uses as well. According to the Encyclopaedia Britannica, in ancient times bottle gourds were used to make water bottles, spoons, pipes, artifacts, many utensils, containers etc. It was also used for birdhouses, fancy ornaments, lamps and musical instruments. The white flowers and dense leaves of its vine were used in the decoration of homes. It is said that gourd, its flower was used in social ceremonies and other rites in India. In Africa, rice beer filled with rice beer was dedicated to the gods, while in China it was considered a symbol of longevity and good luck. Gourd has been an essential part of the bride’s dowry in Nigeria in ancient times.
In ancient times water bottles, spoons, pipes, artifacts, many utensils, containers etc. were made from bottle gourd.
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Gourd has been included in food for about 10,000 years.
The history of the origin of gourd is very old. DNA research in America shows that it originated thousands of years ago at three different sites in the world. 10,000 years ago in Central America, about the same number of years ago in Asia and about 4,000 BC in Africa. Apart from this, its cultivation started in the whole of Polynesia in about 1000 AD. By the way, in a research, bottle gourd has been described as the original abode of Africa. It is also said that it was first discovered in Zimbabwe. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has claimed that the origin (cultivation) of the gourd has long been believed to be in Africa, but recent studies have revealed its origin and native habitat in Asia. By the way, one side also says that the caves of Mexico (7000 to 5500 BC) and the old pyramids of Egypt (3500 to 3300 years BC) are evidence of its presence being the oldest.
The history of the origin of gourd is very old.
Bottle gourd is said to be very beneficial in Ayurveda.
In India’s ancient Ayurvedic text ‘Charakasamhita’, gourd has been addressed as ‘Alabu’. In its ‘Shakvarga’ chapter, bottle gourd has been described as cold and heavy, as well as it is also described as a stomach-cleansing vegetable. In other Ayurvedic texts, bottle gourd is considered to be tasty, beneficial for the heart, destroying pitta and phlegm and confirming metals. It has also been said that drinking a glass of fresh gourd juice daily is beneficial in diabetes, gastric inflammation (heat or burning), high blood pressure and blood circulation in the heart. Bottle gourd is also useful in relieving intestinal weakness, constipation, jaundice, diabetes and mental agitation.
In India’s ancient Ayurvedic text ‘Charakasamhita’, gourd has been addressed as ‘Alabu’.
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Dissolves in the body and releases nutrients immediately
According to modern science, 116 grams of gourd contains about 95% water and only 16 calories. In addition, it contains 13% vitamin C and 7.36% zinc. In addition, 174 mg of potassium, 13 mg of magnesium, 15 mg of phosphorus and 2 mg of sodium are also found. Food Expert and Nutrition Consultant Nilanjana Singh According to this, bottle gourd contains a variety of nutrients, minerals, vitamins, lipids and amino acids. It is such a vegetable that dissolves immediately in the body, due to which it is not only beneficial for the stomach, as well as the nutrients found in it are immediately found in the body and blood. Its juice in the morning is tremendous for the body. It can make you lose weight. Its consumption is also very effective for the liver.
If you eat bitter gourd, it can cause stomach pain.
Consumption of bottle gourd enhances memory, while burning and other problems related to urine are beneficial. Since it is negligible in fat, it relaxes the heart and helps in maintaining normal BP besides keeping cholesterol levels under control. It has also been reported that with regular consumption of bottle gourd, wrinkles are not able to attack immediately. Gourd provides relief to people suffering from arthritis. There are also some such elements in bottle gourd, which remove the harmful chemicals present in the body. Broadly, there is no harm in consuming bottle gourd, but care has to be taken that the gourd is not bitter. It can damage the stomach and digestive system. One should also avoid drinking bitter gourd juice.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : August 30, 2022, 08:35 IST