Rinse the harmless powdery coating from the surface before slicing the gourd open. Uncut ash gourd can be kept for a month in a cool and dry storage area. Store the cut ones dry in a polythene bag and refrigerate.
Ash Gourd tastes excellent in Petha sweet. Used to make a variety of curries and raitha. The juice of raw ash gourd is used as a natural remedy to treat dysentery.
Ash Gourd has loads of vitamins and minerals like phosphorus, calcium, riboflavin, Iron, thiamine, niacin and Vitamin C. It has moisture content and less fat and carbohydrates. It has a calorific value of 15.