Coccinia grandis is a plant species in the Cucurbitaceae family. It bears small greenish-white flowers and produces round green gourds with white seeds inside. It grows mainly as a vine but can also be found as a bush or tree.
The leaves of this species are shaped like ivy, hence the common name ivy gourd . The fruit of this species is commonly eaten, cooked, or in some cases, even raw. It can be steamed, sautéed, or stir-fried.
Coccinia grandis is low in calories and high in dietary fiber and potassium. Proteins account for less than two percent of the fruit's dry weight. Fibers account for 93% of its weight.
The leaves of this plant are also edible, but they are sour and not pleasant to the palate. The juice of the leaves may be used as an insecticide.
Coccinia grandis is rarely cultivated on a large scale because it takes so long to bear fruit. Some people consider the fruit to be poisonous, but it is not. The juice produces a dermatitis in some people who handle the plants during pruning or harvest.
Coccinia grandis grows quickly and its leaves are very high in protein (roughly 30%). The young shoots of this plant can also be eaten like asparagus. It is usually planted using cuttings or seeds. If a seed is used, the fruit must still be harvested from the plant at least once in order to have viable seeds for planting.
Coccinia grandis leaves are best eaten when they are young and tender. In some cases, the gourd can be stored for many months, but if it's exposed to
Coccinia grandis is used as a vegetable in Indian cuisine. It can be eaten raw or cooked and has a sour flavor with a water chestnut texture. The fruit of this plant can also be consumed by animals during times when greens are scarce.
The vines of this plant bear small white flowers and produce round green gourds with white seeds inside. After the fruit is ripe, it turns brown and has a waxy feel to it. The juice from this vine can be used to treat scorpion stings.
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