Parwal-potol is a good source of vitamins and minerals and vitamin A, and vitamin C. It also contains major nutrients and trace elements (magnesium, potassium, copper, sulfur, and chlorine) which are needed in small quantities, for playing essential roles in human physiology.
Parwal-potol (Trichosanthes dioica Roxb., Cucurbitaceae) is a tropical vegetable crop with origin in the Indian subcontinent. It is known by the name of parwal, palwal, or parmal. They have been mainly used to prepare gravy kind dishes and dry dishes.
It is purported that pointed gourd possesses the medicinal property of lowering total cholesterol and blood sugar. They have been mainly used to prepare gravy kind dishes and dry dishes.
It thrives well under a hot to moderately warm and humid climate. The plant remains inactive during the winter season and prefers a fertile, well-drained sandy loam soil due to its susceptibility to water-logging. Parvar looks very much like a shorter, more robust version of a cucumber. Roots are tuberous with long taproot system.
Health benefits of Parwal-potol
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.
How to store
To store pointed gourd, wash and dry them gently and put them in bags.
Pointed Gourd or parwal is highly rich in dietary fiber. It helps the production of insulin in your body and as a result slows down the glucose absorption in the blood. It has been proven in different tests that those who are suffering from type -2 diabetes could control their sugar level through regular consumption of pointed gourd or parwal.
Parwal has also a good amount of antioxidants, vitamins A and C, which help to reduce the aging signs. Seeds present in the parwal help to reduce the constipation problem. Have parwal on a regular basis to get reduce constipation, which in turn lower the cholesterol in the body. Having parwal or pointed gourd in your regular diet is highly beneficial for improving digestion. When you are eating parwal dish do not throw the seeds out of it.