Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Cute’cumber , is in fact a not-so-far relative of cucumber. They are of the same subfamily of Cucurbitoideae, of the family of Cucurbitaceae. Cucumber is from the Melothrieae tribe ; while cute’cumber is from the Benincaseae tribe, together with watermelon.
C. grandis is a dioecious perennial herbaceous vine. Stem glabrous. Tendrils simple, axillary. Leaves alternate, simple, 5-lobed, 3-8 glands near the base. Inflorescence solitary, white corolla, 5-lobes, 3 stamens, inferior ovary with 5-lobes. Fruit a berry, smooth, green, red when ripened.
C. grandis is considered a weed in Hawaii, and some other places.
In India, and S.E.Asia, its young shoots and fruits are consumed as greens.
Young leaves and shoots are cooked and eaten as veg.
Green mature fruits are eaten fresh in salad, or stir-fried, or cooked in curries.
Ripened fruit is eaten raw.
It contains polyprenol ( C0-polyprenol (1) ) which is anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antimutagenic, antidiabetic, antibacterial, antiprotozoal, antiulcer, hepatoprotective, expactorants, analgesis, antiinflamatory.
It is also a god source of several micronutrients, vitamins A and C.