Rough melotria belongs to the category of perennial and annual plants at the same time. According to the botanical classification, it passes through the group of pumpkin. The historical habitat of the plant is called Africa, North America.
The appearance of greenery sometimes evokes thoughts of similarity with vines, and the fruits are similar to cucumbers with the color of watermelon. Because of this, the unofficial names of the representative of the flora became an African cucumber and Mexican gherkin.
The North American gift of the garden tastes very piquant due to the slight acidity that “hides” in the skin. Some national dishes include unusual fruits. But you can add them to the table only if their seeds have not yet become coarser.
Eating mini watermelons is allowed not only after heat treatment. They are consumed raw or soaked in marinade. If the hostess decided to make light-salted cucumbers or preserve green tomatoes in a barrel, then adding an atypical additive to the brine is allowed at all times.
If salted melotria is served as a snack for alcohol, then inexperienced guests will wonder for a long time what kind of specific color the olives are. In addition, the canned workpiece goes well with winter salads and can even serve as an element of decoration of the main dish, canapes.
At the risk of growing a guest from faraway Africa on their own personal plot, gardeners will be able to replenish the diet with a juicy, light-colored tuber at the end of the harvest season. To taste, it resembles a radish. It is better to eat it fresh, or adding it to salads with other vegetables. The rules of correct storage are considered the only caveat, since the root must be eaten immediately after digging. Even deep freezing will not save him, as nutrients evaporate quickly.
Experimenters who start growing often leave feedback indicating another area of application of the plant. It is often exploited by landscape designers, creating cozy green hedges, which are famous for their unpretentious care.
For decorative purposes, an atypical bindweed can simply be planted in flowerpots, placing them on the windowsills of the balcony. After a few years, they will make a real natural fence, creating a good shadow without unnecessary trouble for the owners.
In public institutions, shoots are allowed just along the wall of the hall, making for them a "web" of ropes for reliable fastening. It turns out an original decoration that does not require special care. It is enough to periodically feed the soil with organic fertilizers.
Indications and Contraindications
The benefits and harms of the spice presented go hand in hand, since the zeal of eating too many fruits can adversely affect the digestive tract. But if the dosage is observed, stabilization of the pancreas can be achieved.
Another positive quality is called low calorie content. Due to this, many adherents of a healthy lifestyle, as well as losing weight, can freely include it in their daily diet. And thanks to the structure of the African cucumber, it is easily absorbed without replenishing the body's toxins.
Among other positive features distinguish:
- removal of excess fluid, which is suitable for people suffering from constant swelling;
- stabilization of blood pressure;
- elimination of toxins along with bad cholesterol.
The last point was made possible thanks to plant fiber, which has a beneficial effect on the general cleansing of the body, which is especially important after waking up from hibernation. The prevention of constipation has become a hidden trump card of greenery.
But there are several significant contraindications, among which:
- increased acidity of gastric juice;
- stomach ulcers.
To get the maximum benefit, it is better to eat only young fruits. If the peel they had time to get woody, it is better to send such a blank for subsequent conservation. But the pickled fruit is better to postpone to those who suffer from ailments in part:
- the liver;
- gastrointestinal tract;
- the liver;
- of cardio-vascular system.
Despite the positive changes in blood pressure with regular consumption of such an additive, patients with hypertension and atherosclerosis should better avoid eating it.
Pregnancy is considered a classic contraindication for pickled African cucumbers. Here we are talking not even about the composition of the fruit, but about the increased salt content, which can lead to an increase in puffiness.
Fans of exotic dishes have long learned to cook both melotria tubers and "watermelon". Roots that look like sweet potatoes are readily added to the menu by vegetarians.
But it is one thing when the novelty has settled in the garden or window sill, and another when it is necessary to buy it from hand.
In order not to miscalculate with a choice, it is necessary to pay attention to the appearance of the vegetable. Each instance should be not only solid, but also smooth. To maximize the preservation of all biologically active components, only fruits without mechanical damage should be selected.
If you want to fully enjoy the taste characteristics, then you need to choose copies with the clearest pattern on the skin. It is believed that they have the sweetest taste.
After the purchase, you must follow the rules for safe storage of the acquisition. To store an additive to a traditional table is only in a special department of the refrigerator. Moreover, leaving the purchase there costs no more than a week.
If the hostess got her hands up to preserving the workpiece, then in a sterilized bank a winter treat can successfully stand for about three months.
Since the plant goes well with meat and vegetable dishes, there are many opportunities for healthy food lovers to use it in the kitchen. Experiments are welcome.