TA 2, MI Short
Major growing area
Matale, Kandy, Ratnapura, Hambantota, Kurunegala districts
Snake gourd has predominantly been an Asian vegetable through the years and has been found in India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar and Southern China.
Bitter tasting, so don’t attempt to eat raw
AYURVEDA & MEDICINAL USES
Snake gourd helps ease discomfort in kids suffering from bowel problems. The vegetable showcases expectorant-like functions, loosening pus and phlegm in the sinuses and respiratory tracts so that they can be eradicated. Snake gourd also stimulates the growth of new hair and protects weakening follicles from hair loss.
Snake gourd flowers are unisexual, white and have long, branching hairs on the margins of the petals. Although curled up and closed during the daytime, in the night they are a sight to behold. They unfurl and form a delicate, lacy display. Definitely photo-worthy!
Snake Gourd with Dhal Curry is a local favourite. Cut the gourd in half and gently scrape out the seeds. Cut in to slices and place in a cooking pan. Wash dhal well, drain excess water and put in the cooking pan with the gourd slices. Toss in onion, green chillies, cinnamon stick, fenugreek seeds, curry powder, turmeric, chilli powder and salt. Add the coconut milk. Cook on a medium heat till boiled and simmer until the dhal is well cooked and gourd is tender. Easy isn’t it?!
Another easy-to-make dish is the Snake Gourd Salad. Slit and discard the spongy portion and seeds from the gourd. Cut gourd into very fine pieces. Chop green chillies finely. Mix salt and cumin powder to the curd and add the gourd and chilli pieces to it. Sprinkle coriander and mint leaves on top. Serve chilled
NUTRIENTS & VALUES PER 100g EDIBLE PORTION