Snake gourds have a long, curved shape with light green speckles and waxy green skin. Their firm flesh is embedded with seeds and has a slightly bitter taste. The fruits are orange when ripe and pulpy red when fully ripe.
Snake Gourds are great at enhancing the activities of the respiratory system and promoting the growth of new hair. Snake gourd is high in dietary fibers, which facilitate digestion, as well as vitamins C and E. This vegetable is boosted with antioxidants, promoting skin and hair health and preventing dangerous free radicals from harming the healthy cells in the body.
Snake gourds, like luffa gourds, are eaten as a vegetable when young, albeit they have a bland flavor. Snake gourds' meat becomes tougher and more bitter as they age, and their rind darkens and hardens. Surprisingly, fully developed snake gourds can be used to make didgeridoos.
The brilliant red pulp around the mature seeds is similar to tomato pulp in cooking. Hence the snake gourd is also known as the tomato gourd in various regions of the world. Snake gourd can be eaten on a daily basis. It's especially helpful for folks who are trying to lose weight. They can also be beneficial to diabetics.
They can also be used in sabzi, curries, stuffed and grilled, fried, blended into soups, sliced into stir-fries, or pickled for long-term storage
Utensils, cups, bottles, scoops, ladles, fishnet floats, and birdhouses are just a few of the things you can make using dried gourds. Gourd-based musical instruments can be found on practically every continent.
The only risk to be taken when eating snake gourd is to avoid eating too many of its seeds. The seeds can cause nausea, indigestion, diarrhea, and gastrointestinal pain if ingested in large quantities.
The fully ripe fruit is inedible, orange, and mushy, but the red, jelly-like fluid that surrounds the seeds can be utilized in Ayurvedic medicine but not consumed directly. Seeds are commonly used as livestock fodder. However, they are hazardous to humans.
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The snake gourd nutrition facts for a 100 g serving are as follows: