Teasle gourd is a small egg shaped vegetable fruit, related to the bitter gourd and sometimes called ‘Small bittergourd’. It is found mainly in tropical Asia.
Basic information and facts
Teasle gourd probably originates from the Indian sub-continent.
Tropical regions of Asia, especially India and Bangladesh. Also China, Japan, South-East Asia.
It is a climbing creeper plant.
Teasle gourd has separate male and female plants.
Teasle gourd is a oval egg-shaped vegetable fruit. The fruit is 3 to 7 centimeters long. It has a green or yellow color and the surface is covered with soft spines. Fruits are rich in calcium, phosphorus, iron and carotene
Climate and weather:
Likes a tropical climate. It is grown in Bangladesh as a summer vegetable.
Teasle gourd is propagated using the tuberous roots.
Teasle gourd can be harvested about 90 or 100 days after planting.
Hand picking of the fruits
Fruits are eaten as a vegetable and are cooked or fried.
Also used as a medicinal plant to prevent or cure diseases.