Chilies contain health benefiting alkaloid compound known as capsaicin, which also gives them strong spicy pungent character. Fresh chili peppers, red and green, are rich source of vitamin-C. Antioxidant substances in capsicum help protect the body from injurious effects of free radicals generated during stress, diseases conditions. Chilies contain a good amount of minerals like potassium, manganese, iron, and magnesium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that help controlling heart rate and blood pressure. Chillies are also good in B-complex group of vitamins.
Leaves are used for flavouring curries, sauces and soups. Seeds contain essential oils such as linalool, geraniol and terpine etc. These active principles are responsible for digestive, carminative, and anti-flatulent properties of the seeds.
Cucumber is a good source of potassium, an important intracellular electrolyte. 100 g of cucumber provides 147 mg of potassium. Potassium is a heart friendly electrolyte helps bring a reduction in total blood pressure and heart rates. Cucumber peel is a good source of dietary fibre that helps reduce constipation, and offers some protection against colon cancers by eliminating toxic compounds from the gut.
Cluster bean contains calcium and phosphorous which help to strengthen the bones. Rich source of protein consumed as a vegetable or powder form.
Guava is a tropical and sub-tropical fruit tree which is also known as the “poor man’s apple” because of its popularity and medicinal properties. Guava’s are a good source of pectin, which is used for making good quality Jelly. They are also used fresh or after processing. Guava trees can also be grown as hedge plants, landscape trees and as ornamental potted Bonsai plants.