Trichosanthes Japanese — is totally unique cucumber, because ripening, the fruits become a bright orange or red color.
Trichosanthes or serpentine cucumber cultivated in Southeast Asia, Africa, South America and Australia. In India, it trichosanthes — almost the only vegetable which bears fruit in the rainy season. In recent years, it began to grow in Europe.
Trichosanthes Japanese — climbing is an annual plant. Its stem reaches a length of 4 m, it grows from three to seven lobed leaf. It is a bee-pollinated plants, the male flowers grow in the brush, female — single. Japanese trichosanthes his fans (and most fans) have grown even for flowers. The form they resemble graceful openwork snowflakes 4-5 cm in diameter. And in the evening the flowers begin trichosanthes fragrance, and flavor is so delicate and exciting, that is, without exaggeration, could enter one of the key notes of the most exquisite perfume.
Fruits trichosanthes look exotic because of the unusual shape and color. At length they reach a meter. The form of these cucumbers are similar to snakes, twisted into a spiral and ring. Some have compared them with the kites. Ripening fruit trichosanthes covered with bright stripes and spots on red-orange background.
Cucumbers these contain large amounts of starch, iodine, iron and calcium. Like many pumpkin, trichosanthes fruits are edible only in immature form (Zelentsy, weighing less than 200 g). Eat them in our latitudes, mainly in fresh form — in salads, for preparations for the winter, they are not very useful. This crisp cucumber flavor is sweet radish. In Japanese tradition trichosanthes cook fried and canned.
Roots, seeds, and fruit peel trichosanthes used in folk medicine of the Far East. For example, crushed roots of this plant helps with eczema as a powder, a decoction of the seeds is used to treat diseases of the lungs, and is antipyretic, diuretic and antiseptic. Grow trichosanthes recommended on trellis.