Everyone knows that vegetables are very healthy and should occupy an important place in our diet. They provide vitamins and minerals necessary for the proper functioning of the body, and each of them also contains a lot of other ingredients. Regular consumption of different vegetables is therefore incredibly beneficial for our health, so none of us should forget about them. Generally speaking, Poland eats a lot of vegetables - they are an important part of our national cuisine.
It is worth noting, however, that there are many very valuable vegetables for our health, which are relatively unknown in our country. It is good to take a closer look at them, because including them in your diet can make it much more varied and provide us with many new nutrients. A great example of such a vegetable is a cucumber balm. Relatively few people in Poland know what it is and what nutrients it contains. This makes it all the more worthwhile to take a closer look at it, because when we discover this vegetable and include it in our diet, we can really benefit from a lot.
Raspture - bitter melon
Cucumber balm is one of several names we can meet. It is also often referred to as cucumber hernia, and the term 'bitter melon' is also commonly used. It is a plant belonging to the family of cucurbits, related to pumpkin, watermelon or cucumber, among others. It is prevalent in many regions of the world, and in some countries it is even an important part of the traditional art of cooking. In India, for example, for many centuries, its healing properties have been known, which is why it is often used in folk medicine.
Balm - origin
As we have already said, the lotion is a plant commonly known in many regions of the world. It has long been encountered in Europe and is also an important element of medicine and folk cuisine in many parts of Asia. Nowadays it is also cultivated on a large scale in South America. Its "homeland" is probably Asia. There is no doubt that centuries ago its properties were already known to Indians, Chinese and other famous civilizations of this continent. However, it spread very quickly to other regions and also reached Europe, where it was also appreciated. It turned out that it can be successfully cultivated on the Old Continent, which significantly increased its popularity.
Therapeutic properties of the lotion
The balm is known not only for its culinary qualities, but also - perhaps first of all - for its healing properties. Many civilizations have found out about this, especially Asian civilizations, because it often occurs in folk medicine of some eastern countries. The fruits themselves are very healthy, because they contain a lot of valuable vitamins and minerals - they are, among others, a rich source of iron. They reduce cholesterol levels in the blood and have a positive effect on blood pressure, making them suitable as a support in the treatment of cardiovascular diseases. In many countries the lotion is also a traditional cure for various types of stomach ailments.
Balm - application and use
The applications of the lotion in medicine can be written about for a very long time. This plant is simply extremely healthy. It is recommended in the prevention of many diseases and ailments. It should be of interest to people with an increased risk of heart disease, hypertension or cancer. Of course, the plant can also be used in many ways in the art of cooking. Its fruits have a rather bitter taste. If you don't like it, you can place the chopped fruit in salt water for several hours. The balm resembles a bit of ordinary cucumbers, and like them it can be used, for example, as an addition to salads.
Cultivation of lotion
The lotion belongs to the cucurbits and, like its "relatives", it likes above all sunny places. Its cultivation in our climatic conditions is as possible, although the best place to do it is a prepared, glazed place. Cultivation is relatively easy, because the lotion is not a particularly demanding plant.