gourd ivyIt’s summer and that means the freshest, most delicious fruit of the year.

Strawberries, peaches, cherries…they will never get old. But this year, you might want to think about expanding your horizons a bit, and giving ivy gourd a try.

And just what it ivy gourd? Perhaps one of the healthiest fruits you’ve never heard of.

Ivy gourd is indigenous to Africa, Asia, and the South Pacific islands – but it’s also made its way to Hawaii, Florida, and Texas, here in the United States.

Although its nickname is “baby watermelon” it’s actually part of the pumpkin family.

And along with being delicious and versatile, it has amazing health benefits…

1. PACKED with antioxidants and vitamins B 1 and 2. Since one of the biggest health benefits of other summer fruits is their antioxidant power, it’s good to know that ivy gourd brings just as much to the table in this regard. Fight back against free radical attack and oxidative damage with the antioxidants in this exotic fruit.

2. May help boost energy. If you aren’t getting enough iron in your diet, you’ll know it. The ongoing fatigue and lack of energy is impossible to miss. But since ivy gourd is an excellent source of iron – a single serving provides more than 15% of your daily recommended allowance - you may find yourself with more energy than you thought possible any longer.

3. It’s traditional medicine. Ivy gourd has been used for centuries throughout Asia and Africa to help people with so many different problems. And every part of the plant, from the bark and leaves to the fruit itself, has at least one traditional benefit. Many people trust and rely on ivy gourd to help them maintain their health. Why can’t you?

4. It tastes good! Ready to impress your friends with an exotic, delicious recipe? Reach for ivy gourd. Healthy, spicy, and original, ivy gourd recipes are sure to surprise and delight at your next dinner party. Try this ivy gourd masala to start:

Ivy Gourd Masala

Ingredients:

Ivy gourd - 1/2kg
Olive oil
Medium sized onion - 1
Big tomato - 1
Chilli powder - 2 teaspoons
Coriander powder - 1 heaped tablespoon
Turmeric powder - 1 teaspoon
Pepper powder - 1 teaspoon
Mustard seeds - 1 teaspoon
Cumin seeds - 1 teaspoon
Curry leaves - 1 bunch
Mint leaves - Handful
Salt

Preparation:

  • Cut the ivy gourd, slicing each fruit lengthwise.
  • Dice the onions and tomatoes finely.
  • Chop the mint leaves as finely as possible.
  • Heat oil in a nonstick pan and add the mustard and cumin seeds and curry leaves.
  • Throw in the onions and tomatoes.
  • After the onions and tomatoes have fried for a while add the sliced ivy gourd and all of the powders.
  • Sprinkle salt for taste.
  • Stir the mixture well and allow it to fry for at least ten minutes.
  • Garnish with chopped mint leaves before serving.

5. Fiber protects digestive health. When you’re especially busy, like in the summer months, it’s easy to find things a little backed up. Not moving quite as regularly as you’d like. And the last thing you want is to be stuck in the bathroom longer than normal while you wait for everything to clear out. The fiber in ivy gourd can prevent that from happening in the first place, so you stay healthy all day, all week, all the time. Even better news? It’s very low in calories, as well.

6. Helps maintain healthy blood sugar levels. One of the most common uses of ivy gourd is to help maintain blood sugar health. You know how important blood sugar control is. Now, with ivy gourd, you’ve got another tool in your belt to help keep your blood sugar levels exactly where you want them. We’re so impressed with the blood sugar control results that we added ivy gourd to our Gluco-Sure formula, so you know it’s effective!

Sure, ivy gourd is probably new to you. But that doesn’t mean you should be intimidated. Embrace the new, and feel all the health benefits of ivy gourd!