Saturday, October 9, 2010

Event Announcement : Vegetable Marathon - Bitter Gourd


I'm here with another wonderful event "Vegetable Marathon - Bitter Gourd". Thanks to Silpa of Anita's Kitchen for giving me this opportunity.

The bitter gourd or bitter melon resembles cucumber in shape but the skin is rough with bumps all over. As the name implies, it tastes bitter. There are two varieties of this vegetable: one is oblong in shape and pale green in color and grows to 20 cm long and the other variety is smaller in size with oval shape and dark green color.

Bitter gourd needs hot and humid climate to grow. So, the vegetable is commonly found in Asian countries and South America.

Nutritional Benefits :

Bitter gourds are very low in calories but dense with precious nutrients. It is an excellent source of vitamins B1, B2, and B3, C, magnesium, folic acid, zinc, phosphorus, manganese, and has high dietary fiber. Also, very rich in iron, contains twice the beta-carotene of broccoli, twice the calcium of spinach, and twice the potassium of a banana.

Bitter melon contains a unique phyto-constituent that has been confirmed to have a hypoglycemic effect called charantin. There is also another insulin-like compound known as polypeptide P which have been suggested as insulin replacement in some diabetic patients.


Health Benefits :

1. People suffering from diabetes can have bitter gourd to decrease the sugar level.
2. It helps in fighting against cancer.
3. It provides relief from constipation.
4. It helps in the treatment of psoriasis.
5. Helps in the circulation of blood in our body.
6. Regular consumption of bitter gourd helps to prevent hypertension.
7. It helps to prevent eye complications.



Event Logo :




Rules for the event :

1. Prepare any Vegetarian dish(No Eggs) with Bitter Gourd as the main ingredient.

2. No limit to number of entries.

3. Link your post to this announcement and Silpa's event page and Use of logo in your posts is compulsory.

4. Archived entries should be updated and reposted with the logo and link to this announcement and Silpa's

5. Send Your entries to nithuskitchen@gmail.com with subject as Vegetable Marathon - Bitter Gourd with following details:

Your Name:
Blog's URL:
Recipe Name:
Recipe URL:
Picture of the Recipe:

6. Non-bloggers can send your entries to my email id with the same subject line mentioned above.

7. Late entries will not be entertained.

Hope to see your healthy entries in my inbox soon. If you have any doubts, please do mail me or comment here.

Note : Please take care while you send your entry details. Double check your links before you send them.

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18 comments:

Torviewtoronto said...

lovely event healthy vegetable will send

Kairali sisters said...

Perfect event Nithu, i have a dish coming with bitter gourd soon, will surely send it...

harini said...

good one..i am in !!

belesaaru said...

I will surely have a recipe coming soon. Nice event!

Sayantani said...

unusual but I love this vegetable. so am in for this event. between thanks a ton for that wiki link. I also got to know about Kamini's blog about this beautiful culture.

sonu said...

will surely try..

Biny Anoop said...

I jst realised i haven't made a dish with bitter gourd...mayy be cos my hubby do not like it.Will surely try to cook somethg with bitter g,...

Priya said...

My fav veggie, will send my entries..

Susan and Abraham said...

hey nice place to return back... i have posted a recipe to your email. http://chackoskitchen.com/2010/09/bitter-gourd-picklepavakkakarela-achaar/

Akila said...

will definitely participate dear...

Yummy Team said...

Great event!! Bittergourd is our most favorite veggie. Will surely try to participate this time..

asiya omar said...

i also used to make recipes in bittergourd.surely send some..

Jaleela Kamal said...

i will try to send,nice healthy event

Jay said...

Am sending my entries soon...happy hosting NIthu...

Tasty Appetite

Vasavi Suresh said...

Nice event.. Will sure try to send in some entries..

Roshan said...

would definitely participate..

vidhas said...

Nice event, count me In!!!

Dershana said...

sending something now