Tindora, or coccinia
grandis, is a tropical vine
grown for its small edible
cucumber-like gourds, each about the size of a little finger, which
are eaten immature and green, or mature and deep red. The
plant's young shoots and leaves are also eaten as
Tindora is also known
variously as tondli or kundsru or dondakaya in India,
as well as manoli, tindla,
gentleman's toes, tendli, thendli, thainli , ivy gourd or little gourd
commonly eaten in
Indian cuisine. Natives of Thailand,
Indonesia, and other southeast Asian countries also consume the fruit
Cultivation of ivy gourd in home gardens has been encouraged in
Thailand due to its being a good source of several micronutrients,
including vitamins A and C. It is also rich in beta-carotene.
India, it is
sometimes eaten as a curry, deep fried and
stuffed with masala, or boiled and then fried.
Tindora is also used in
a lentil soup.
or ivy gourd, is sometimes recommended to diabetics as a means
of regulating blood glucose.
In Hawaii and the
United States, among other regions, ivy
gourd is considered an invasive plant.
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