Also called pointed gourd, these small, oval gourds are about 4 to 5 inches long, plump in the middle, taper at each end, and have dark and pale green stripes that run the gourd's length. They form vine that needs support and performs well in tropical climate with full sunlight. This perennial vine produces fruit that contains carbohydrates, vitamin A, vitamin C and trace elements magnesium, potassium, sulphur, chlorine and copper, which are essential micronutrients for our bodies. It is used to treat diabetes in Ayurveda. Traditionally the plant is propagated by cuttings, which increases risk of diseased plants. Some companies like Sun Agrigenetics produce this plant through tissue culture
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