I didn't know the botoanical name or the history of this vegetable, though I have it in my back yard for a long long time.
The credit for the information goes to Sarah who has been kind enough to send me the link in exchange for a promise of a keralite dinner.
She is a talented writer and I would say one of the best. Check her out yourself. Today she has mentioned about 'Paraquat', a weed killer in her post.
This post is about Ivy gourd or Coccania in Brazilian language.
Originally from Brazil, the history of Ivy gourd (Coccinia indica) coming to India is not clear.
Ivy gourd is an under exploited cucurbitaceous vegetable grown in eastern and southern parts of the India.
The variety is propagated through vegetative means. Planting the three-noded cuttings is the best method. The selected cuttings should be planted in pits of 60 cm diameter dug at a spacing of 2 m by 2 m. Two or three cuttings may be planted in each pit. It responds to sound nutrient management.
It is a favorite vegetable of the farmers because of its resistance to pests. I have it for years in my backyard and never have I seen any pest attacking it nor have I used any pesticides. It never bothered me at all.Twice a week it can be plucked except in the rainy season…when its time to prune it or clip it.
Thouugh the fruit looks eatable, it is a delicacy only to the birds.