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Apple Gourd (‘Tinda’) looks very much like green apple, but has squash like taste, texture and seeds inside. It is considered to be mild when it comes to digestion and can be easily digested. Further it supplies with ample supplies of essential nutrients and phytochemcials which aid in the well being of our body. Just like cucumber, this vegetable fruit is full of water. It contains about water for 95% of its weight. A serving of 100 gram of Apple Gourd would offer only 65 calories, which is same as a loaf of bread! But it is more filling in nature with the dose of carbohydrates, fibers, proteins and other vitamins and minerals.
The bitter gourd (also known as bitter melon) looks like a cucumber but with gourd-like bumps all over it. As the name implies, this vegetable is a melon that is bitter.
Bitter gourd thrives in hot and humid climates, so are commonly found in Asian countries and South America.
Bitter gourds are very low in calories but dense with precious nutrients. It is an excellent source of vitamins B1, B2, and B3, C, magnesium, folate, zinc, phosphorus, manganese, and has high dietary fiber.
Bottle Gourd, also known as ‘Lauki’, s a vegetable with pale, smooth and waxy green surface and white spongy pulp. Bottle Gourd has always been regarded as one of the healthiest veggies. This very versatile vegetable is full of water (about 92%) and minerals and keeps your body hydrated.
Carrot is a root-crop known for its vitamin rich red/orange roots which are used in making foods and salads.
Red carrots contain a good dose of Vitamin A, which helps to prevent clogging of the arteries and thus helps to prevent strokes. Higher levels are found in Orange and Purple carrots. They also contain vitamin B, C and E as well as calcium pectate, which is a very good source of fibre, and they help to lower cholesterol levels. They are also very useful in the prevention of macular degeneration.
Cauliflower (cabbage flower) is one of the familiar winter season vegetables. These beautiful flower heads are brimming with essential nutrients, hold numerous health benefiting phytonutrients such as vitamins, indole-3-carbinol, and sulforaphane that help prevent overweight, diabetes and offer protection from prostate, ovarian, and cervical cancers.
It is very low in calories. 100 grams of the fresh cauliflower head provides just 26 calories. Nevertheless, it comprises of several health-benefiting antioxidants and vitamins, also, to be low in fat and cholesterol.
Also known as aubergine and brinjal. It is a large, cylindrical or egg-shaped vegetable, with smooth, dark purple, glossy skin.
The wonderful health benefits of eggplants are primarily derived from its vitamin, mineral, and nutrient content. Eggplants are a rich source of vitamin C, vitamin K,vitamin B6, thiamin, niacin, magnesium, phosphorous, copper, dietary fiber, folic acid, potassium, and manganese. It is also contains almost no cholesterol, or saturated fat.
French beans have a thin, cylindrical shape with plump indentations along their contour, outlining the peas inside, which are shelled tightly within the bean flesh. The peas, which are essentially the bean’s seeds, are a vibrant lime green in color, semi starchy in texture with a mild taste of the beans sweet and grassy flavors.
French beans provide less starch and protein than dried bean varieties, though they have higher levels of Vitamin A and Vitamin C.
Okra is also known as “lady’s finger,” or “bamia pod”.
The okra pods are among the very low-calorie vegetables. They provide just 30 calories per 100 g besides containing no saturated fats or cholesterol. Nonetheless, they are rich sources of dietary fiber, minerals, and vitamins; often recommended by nutritionists in cholesterol controlling and weight reduction programs.
Sweet, delicious green peas, also popular as garden peas, are one of the ancient cultivated vegetables grown for their delicious, nutritious green seeds.
Green peas are one of the most nutritious leguminous vegetables rich in health promoting phytonutrients, minerals, vitamins and antioxidants.
Small round gourd, also called baby pumpkin, is a vegetable grown for its immature fruit. Green colored and apple sized, it is a slightly sour fruit which can be eaten cooked, candied or pickled. Round gourd is regarded as super food for its numerous health benefits. It contains antioxidants like carotenoids and many anti-inflammatory agents, which help controlling blood pressure, heart diseases, and strokes and prevents cancer formation
Turnips are starchy vegetables belonging to the Brassicaceae family which also includes cabbage, kale, brussels sprouts etc. The inner flesh of turnip vegetable is white in color with tinges of purple to pink to red whereas the skin color of the root bulb depends on the amount of sunlight it receives and is usually white. Like most other vegetables, turnips are low in calories and hence, quite nutritious.