3 of the Best Gourds to Eat in Summer

As its name implies, bitter gourds taste a little bitter, but they are very nutritious. (Image:  pixabay  /  CC0 1.0)
As its name implies, bitter gourds taste a little bitter, but they are very nutritious. (Image: pixabay / CC0 1.0)

In traditional Chinese medicine, gourds are cool in nature and beneficial in the summer because they can reduce heat and toxins in the body. Which gourds are best to consume in summer? Here are three:

Bitter gourd

As its name implies, bitter gourds taste a little bitter, but they are very nutritious. They are a diuretic food and thus can reduce the heat in the body. It is recommended to eat bitter gourds during the hottest summer days. If a person contracts miliaria, also known as heat rash, which is a common disorder of the eccrine sweat glands that often occurs in conditions of high heat and humidity, bitter gourd can help to reduce the symptoms. They can be sliced and eaten raw with some salt, fried, or steamed. However, those who have a weak stomach should refrain from consuming this particular gourd.

Sponge gourd

Sponge gourds are delicious and rich in vitamins, minerals, plant mucus, and xylose (wood sugar). They can help reduce a cough and quench your thirst. They can be eaten raw, fried, or cooked in a soup. However, since they may cause diarrhea, those with a weak digestion should limit their intake of this gourd.

Sponge gourds are delicious and rich in vitamins, minerals, plant mucus, and xylose (wood sugar). (Image: pixabay / CC0 1.0) (Image: pixabay / CC0 1.0)

Sponge gourds are delicious and rich in vitamins, minerals, plant mucus, and xylose (wood sugar). (Image: pixabay / CC0 1.0)

Wax gourd

Wax gourd can also reduce heat in the body and eliminate sputum. In addition, they are diuretic and can help to alleviate edema. They are also low in sugar and are a good choice for patients with diabetes.

Wax gourd can also reduce heat in the body and eliminate sputum. (Image: via flickr CC BY-SA 2.0)

Wax gourd can also reduce heat in the body and eliminate sputum. (Image: via flickr CC BY-SA 2.0)

The writer of this story is not a medical professional, and the information that is in this story has been collected from reliable sources — every precaution has been taken to ensure its accuracy. The information provided is for general information purposes only, and should not be substituted for professional health care.

Translation by Mona Song and Audrey Wang.

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