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Civano — vine of the Cucurbitaceae family. This plant can reach a length of three meters, has fruits that resemble a miniature melon with spikes. Common in Israel, California, New Zealand and Central America.
The fruit can be from yellow to red, the peel is quite tough and inedible, but the soft spikes. Inside the fruit is jelly and a large number of seeds of length up to 1 cm. the fruit Itself is small in size — up to 15 cm.
The taste of the fruit similar to the taste of banana or cucumber. Civano mono to use in sweet and salted. The plant itself is not pretentious to temperature, therefore it can be grown in the garden. Plus it is that the vine is rarely anything hurts and gives a great harvest.
The plant, including the fruits, used in cooking and folk medicine.
The fruit pulp contains large amounts of vitamins. Among them stands out the group b, A and C. it also has minerals: copper, phosphorus, potassium, iron, calcium and manganese.
Regular intake of the fruit strengthens the immune system, helps people with heart problems and/or excess weight. In one kivano contains only 45 calories, which gives a chance to enjoy them without harm to the figures. Moreover, it is even possible to include in a diet to lose weight or diet therapy.
In diabetes the consumption of this fruit is not forbidden, which is especially nice for people with wide dietary restrictions. Juice (preferably with pulp) this product can be used even during the passage of chemotherapy. In this case, the negative effect of affecting the condition of the hair will be less pronounced.
In civano large water level, to maintain the daily water balance at the level. Thanks to the element potassium, the amount of which this fruit highly, improves heart. Its use does not adversely affect the gastrointestinal tract.
Cellulose, which is present in civano, it stimulates peristalsis and helps remove toxins from the body.
In addition to eating inside the flesh can be consumed and externally. In this case it is a component of the homemade masks for the face and body. To strengthen the useful properties of civano by adding to it the egg yolk, honey, sour milk.
In Africa the pulp is used to stop bleeding. This is due to astringent effect, which has the pulp.
The fruit can be eaten raw, but you can Supplement them compote or jam. The flesh goes well with fruit juices, you can cook great fresh.
In itself the flesh is not too vivid taste of what it can be made sweet, spicy or salty, and the taste is quite pleasant. With civano can be done with fruit salad, and dessert, and appetizer, main dishes, flesh decorate the sandwiches.
If the fruit is ripe, it can be cut into slices, and allow in half and eat the pulp with a spoon the consistency is similar to jelly. If he has not yet matured to the point where the flesh is very soft, the fruit is better cut into slices, sprinkle with spices and eat.
In the homeland of this fruit is quite often prepared a salad of civano, sweet peppers, tomatoes, radishes and herbs (onion, parsley). He dressed with lemon juice or lemon zest.
From the pulp can be cooked cream cake, and the fruit, if it is unripe, you can marinate by analogy with the cucumbers.
This fruit does not have any distinct contraindications, however, possible allergic reaction (especially if the person has already fixed food Allergy), so the first time is limited to a small portion of civano.