Telfaria Occidentalis a leaf populary known as Fluted Pumpkin or Ugwu is an African tropical vine planted in Nigeria, normally the easter part of the country.
The plant is a dry spell-tolerant , dioecious enduring that is generally developed trellised .
The junior shoots and leaves of the mother plant are the Essential Ingrident of the popular Nigerian soup , Edikang Ikong
Ugwu leaf can be taken when cooked as a soup, but it is best taken and highly nutritous when it is in a liquid form, all have to do is to juice it.
However the dark red seed that is up to 5cm long is rich in protein and fat. It might be eaten raw or cooked, it can also be grounded into powder for a different sort of soup or eaten as portherb .
Below are the Health benefits of Fluted Pumpkin (Ugwu)
1) Rich Source of Dietry Fibre: fluted pumpkin is very rich in dietry fibre, it contains vitamin A, for cleare visions and also protect and keep our skin fresh, vitamin C, that helps to heal wounds and scar, it also contains some minerals like calcium for strong teeth and bones, Iron for the muscles.
Increases Blood Volume and Boost Immune System: Ugwu helps in boosting the immune system and also increases blood volume. It is always pescribe by doctors for pregnant women, patients that have loss much blood because it will raise the blood level just in a matter of days.
It's Treat Sudden Attack of Convulsion, Malaria and Anaemia:
According to Nigerian daily paper Tribune when this plant is prepared herbally it is use to treat sudden attack of convulsion, malaria and anaemia.
In addition it also plays a vital and protective role in Cardiovascular diseases.