Silk Road vegetable
Ancient Silk route that is visible on the right side is passing through Pedong. which is a small village in the Himalayan hills.
Both sides of the road are loaded with this creeper plant and its fresh green fruits hanging all around. The local name is Squash. This is a cheap and a popular vegetable of North Bengal as well as the North-east Himalayan villages. It grows very easily with minimum cultivation effort over the soil and climate in these areas. I saw many of them growing wild on itself on the road sides and the creeper plant climbing on the nearby trees.
Squash: The nomenclature refers to a common group of fleshy vegetables. It was first cultivated in North America and also popular there.
There are four species of Squash in the genus “Cucurbita”. The pumpkins, Gourd and Cucumbers are in the same group. The leaves are five lobed. “Tinda” is another variety of Squash growing in India and that needs proper cultivation.
This variety in the picture is directly called Squash and soft skinned with few thorns on the surface and fleshy inside. The colour becomes whitish yellow to yellow when ripe.
It is very low calorie vegetable loaded with ample amounts of Vitamins and minerals and may be the choice of diabetics and the obese people.
Taste: Fantastic taste in a gravy preparation. My favourite is the delicious finger fry in mustard oil.
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rzesynepkarzarn (0) 2007-07-09 8:19
Your note about the popular vegetable of North Bengal "squash" is so successful that I realy wanted to taste it:)
In my opinion, whatever the type of vegetation, the green is always beautiful plus, you capture and reflect it successfuly. In this photo you have achived to combine two facts; the road itself and the vegetation surrounding it. Your POV is also great...It feels like we realy are looking from your perspective. Congratulations.
Docarmo (9767) 2007-07-11 8:50
Very nice shot, with this road well placed in the composition and the typical fruit. I also can see a cross (here in Quebec, there are also crosses near the roads).
This plant is very, very common in Brazil... it grows everywhere, and it is very appreciated by everybody. In Brazil, the popular name is chuchu.
Here in Canada, they know other species of Curcubitaceae (like pumpkins, and cucumbers), but not this one. We found it only in special markets selling imported vegetables (not always found).
This image brings nice tasting souvenirs to me :-)
Thanks for sharing,
Maria do Carmo
sadeik (3282) 2007-07-13 2:18
Did not see the veg until I clicked on the image, excellant capture and with great lighting. As usual your notes exceed my expectations.
Someone, thing in the road would have added more interst but I suppose there were few coming along this way.
sagar (2410) 2007-07-13 9:11
A very different kind of a shot!!The green vegs look very fresh.Very well placed shot.
dokadak (11518) 2007-10-08 14:35
Nice image, good note.. sharpness, composition are reaaly perfect..
greatings from Turkey
pinakie_slg (861) 2007-10-21 5:12
AH! one of my fav veg. ISKUSH as called in local nepali.
a very good shot Dr. Great POV.