Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Banana Pepper

  • The banana pepper (also known as the yellow wax pepper or banana chili) is a member of the chili pepper family.
  • Its shape and color resembles a banana.
  • Its flavor is mild to moderately hot (0–500 Scoville Units),
  • Its hotness depends on the maturity of the pepper, with the most ripe being sweeter than younger ones.


Monday, 21 February 2011

Gilki Turai / Sponge Gourd (Luffa)

English Name: Sponge Gourd / Luffa/ Egyptian Luffa

Common Hindi Name: Gilki / Chikni Turai

  • Luffa is 1-2ft long, cylindrical, smooth skinned gourd. The interior contains white flesh.
  • It is an annual climbing vine, grown both for its edible fruits and as a source of sponges.
  • The young fruits, when small, (around 6 inches) are cooked like other vegetables. They are also used in soup or stew.
  • The older fruits produce a fibrous vascular system. This fibrous structure is bleached and dried to be used as a sponge. The sponge can be used as bathroom sponge, packing material, for making crafts, and as filters. It is environmentally safe, biodegradable and a renewable resource.