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What is Fluted Pumpkin? Uses and Health Benefits of Fluted Pumpkin

Fluted Pumpkin has a very unique appearance. It belongs to the family Telfairia occidentalis. The fruit on full maturity has a weight of 10kgs.It has an appearance of 10 distinctive longitudinal ribs on the surface. It is popular in West Africa. The edible parts of the fruit are large red seeds. Leaves and young shoots are used for traditional soups in Nigeria. There are 150 to 200 seeds per fruit. Protein rich seeds can be roasted, or grounded for use in porridge. The flesh of the fruit has a good oil content which can be used as cooking oil. Due to its hypolipidemic action, it lowers blood cholesterol and thus protects from a range of associated complications like cardiac problems, hypertension and diabetes.

by Margaret Walker on Wed, 02/09/2011 - 06:25

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