Scientific Name
Group : Angiosperm (Dicotyledon)
Family : Cucurbitaceae
Genus : Sechium
Species : edule Swartze
Common Name
English Name : Squash
Hindi Name : Scotch
Manipuri Name : Dasakusa
Other Details
Habit : Gregarious climber
Parts Use : Root, Fruit, Leaf
Preparation : Unripe fruit is crushed for decoction or for solid consumption. Leaves crushed & squeezed for juice. Root cooked for solid consumption. Fruit eaten as vegetable; tender shoot is fried & eaten.
Mode of use : Decoction, Fresh
Ingredients : Unripe fruit is rich in Calcium, Phosphorus, Riboflavin. Roots are a source of starch.
Ailment Treated : Boiled fruit or fruit decoction, if eaten regularly helps in ossification of bones, teeth formation, regulates function of nerves, heart and muscles. Leaf juice shows transient depressor effect. Cooked root is eaten as a substitute of arrow-root starch.
Source : Extensively cultivated in both hills & valley areas of Manipur.