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Bottle Gourd

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Bottle Gourd Ayurveda Medicinal Properties
Vata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha aggravatingDigestive Effects Help
Type: Vegetables
Recommended for: Autumn-Winter
Color: Green
Nourishes: Plasma
Effect: Ojas, Sattvic

Serving Size: 1/2 c
Species: Lagenaria L. siceraria
Family: Cucurbitaceae
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ayurvedic perspective

Bottle gourd builds ojas. To enhance the ojas building properties for Vata dosha, cook with milk and ghee.
Bottle gourds feel like a cross between a cucumber and pear. They are common in Asia, but new to the United States. Bottle gourd is one of the earliest cultivated plants in the world, grown for its usefulness as a water carrying device when dried and hollowed.
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buying & preparation
Chinese grocery stores sell them (along with bitter melons!) Lauki or loki squash is white inside and light green in color on the outside. It is sold in most Indian and Asian food stores. It is called fuzzy squash in Canada, kakunsa in Italian and also calabash, white pumpkin, Benares pumpkin or long white gourd. Remove the skin and seeds which are hard to digest.
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It cooks like a cucumber, turning somewhat jellylike. Steamed or sauteed. Bottle gourd can be made into a delicious dessert with sugar, cardamom, nutmeg, cinnamon.

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John Immel is the founder of Joyful Belly, helping people confidently choose food that restores their healthy glow through wisdom, personal growth and balance. John's approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, as if it were second nature. His articles, books, and Balance Your Ayurvedic Diet in a Week eCourse provides tools for gracefully healing your mind and body. John also directs Joyful Belly's Master of Ayurvedic Digestion & Nutrition 500 hour certification program, where practitioners learn advanced clinical skills for digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition. John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food.

John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.

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