Ash gourd, also known as white gourd or wax gourd is an ash-colored, huge vegetable like the pumpkin. It is normally cultivated for its nutritive and medicinal values. It consists of large amount of moisture and a small amount of protein, carbohydrates, fat and fiber.
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Ash Gourd is a natural diuretic and is helpful in treating kidney stones. It has anabolic properties that help tissue growth, and help in expelling intestinal worms.
It is great for soups, curries, as well as desserts and sweets. Use it with dal to make Kootu, or add along with other vegetables in Sambhar, Avial etc.