Kiwanault: benefit and harm
Exotic kiwano fruit( African cucumber) belongs to the family of pumpkin plants.The homeland of the kivana is Africa.Today it is grown as a garden crop in Italy, New Zealand, South America, Israel.The size of the fruit is small - about the average orange.
The appearance of the plant is somewhat like a vine with beautifully interlaced stems, so it is often used to decorate yards and suburban areas.In addition, the plant is unpretentious in care and is practically not affected by diseases and attacks by pests.The only condition for growing is a warm climate all year round.The plant does not tolerate negative temperatures.
Interesting! The name of the African cucumber was obtained by the fruit of the green translucent pulp with small seeds.A peel with soft spines and oval shape served the appearance of yet another name - a horned melon.
Depending on the variety, the kivana peel may be red, orange or yellow.
Nutritional value 100 g:
- Calories 44 kcal
- Proteins 8 g
- Fats 3 g
- Carbohydrates 6 g
The concentration of nutrients in the fruit is very diverse.Especially useful kivano in the cold season, because it can provide the body with the necessary elements. Horned melon contains :
- Vitamins A( beta-carotene) and C;
- B5 - pantothenic acid;
- B3 - niacin;
- B6 - pyridoxine;
- B1 - thiamine;
- B2 - riboflavin;
- B9 - folic acid;
- macronutrients: potassium, calcium, sodium, magnesium, phosphorus;
- microelements: iron, manganese, zinc, copper;
- P-active substances;
- organic salts of alkaline nature.
The calorie content of the product is very low - 44 units per 100 grams.This makes it possible to use kiwano in dietary nutrition.
Because the fetus contains vitamins B and C, it gives an excellent toning effect. The presence of potassium makes the kiwano useful for the functioning of many organs:
- creates optimal conditions for muscle contractions;
- regulates acid-base and water balance;
- maintains normal blood concentration.
Recommended for people with heart and vascular disease, especially those who are obese.Due to its balanced composition, it is well absorbed, stimulates peristalsis, cleanses toxins and toxins.In diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, you can drink kiwana juice, which contributes to a quick recovery.
Recently, scientists have proven that the use of juice with pulp kivano during the course of chemotherapy reduces side effects in the form of hair loss.In addition, the African cucumber is one of the few exotic products that can be used in the menu for diabetics.
Interesting! The kiwano pulp is able to exert an astringent effect, so African tribes use it to stop bleeding, to heal wounds and burns.
The use of fetus in cosmetology is also common.Many well-known cosmetic companies add it to the skin care products of eyelids, face and neck.Nourishing masks and lotions can be prepared on their own, adding to the flesh other useful ingredients: sour apple, honey, egg yolk.
Possible harm and contraindications
No contraindications to the use of kivana have been identified.However, one should be more careful than people exposed to allergic reactions.
This fruit is exotic, it is unaccustomed to our body, therefore it is necessary to try it for the first time with care.Carefully follow the body's reaction to the product, if no changes are detected, boldly enjoy the new taste.
Useful tips for use in cooking
Kivano is not only eaten raw.It is used as an ingredient for salads and snacks, and for making desserts.The easiest way is to cut the fruit into two halves, like a melon, and select the pulp with a spoon.
Use an African cucumber and for pickling, as an alternative to ordinary cucumbers.Excellent combination of pulp of kiwano with seafood, cheese, radish, sweet pepper, as well as chocolate and ice cream.In general, we can say with confidence that this exotic product is universal.
The kivano peel can be used for decorative purposes.To do this, it is well cleaned from the inside and dried.Obtain original plates for desserts.And if you do not cut the fruit in half, but simply cut off the top and scoop the flesh, you can use the resulting vessel as a container for cocktails.