Trichosanthes dioica, also known as parwal,parval, pointed gourd, Wild snake gourd, patola, green potato is a vine plant in the Cucurbitaceae family, similar to cucumberand squash, though unlike those it is perennial. It is a dioecious vine plant with heart-shaped leaves and is grown on a trellis. The plant is native to Indian subcontinent and is one of the important vegetables of this region. The fruit is the edible part of the plant which is cooked in various ways either alone or in combination with other vegetables or meats. They have been mainly used to prepare gravy kind dishes and dry dishes. In certain parts it can also be utilized to organize a particular number of sweets. Do not confuse this vegetable with Ivy gourd or Tindora. This vegetable looks similar to Ivy gourd but little bigger in size.
Health benefits of Pointed Gourd
There are many health benefits of eating pointed gourd and are less known to the people. The vegetable is rated as one of the nutritious foods and is offering vitamins like vitamin A, vitamin B1, vitamin B2 and vitamin C. Pointed gourd also offers you very less calories and hence it helps to keep the cholesterol levels in control. In Ayurveda, pointed gourd is used to treat the gastric problems and is also used as a natural aphrodisiac that can improve sex life.