Ash-gourd is loaded with nutrients and very in low fat and in calories. It’s an excellent source of vitamin B1 (thiamine), a good source of vitamin B3 (niacin), and vitamin C. It is also rich in many minerals like calcium. Its high potassium content makes this a good vegetable for maintaining a healthy blood pressure. Ash-gourd is alkaline in nature and hence has a cooling and neutralizing effect on stomach acids and as such used effectively for treating digestive ailments like hyperacidity, dyspepsia, and ulcers. Ash-gourd juice is a popular home remedy for peptic ulcers. Germination: Soak the seeds in a wet paper towel (not soggy) and keep in a closed zip lock bag. Keep the bag in indirect sunlight (near windows) or top of the fridge (warmer place). Plant the sprout seed in a well drained moist soil .In colder region plant inside in containers at least 3 to 4 weeks before early spring and plant out side when weather warms up. Make high trellis for this aggressive climber and its like full sun. Happy gardening! Please browse my other listings to find more items you may love. I will always try to make you happy! If you have problems with this item, I request that you contact me immediately BEFORE you give a neutral or negative feedback, so that I can satisfactorily address your concerns and I will try to satisfy you the best I can. It is impossible to address issues if we do not know about them! If you are not 100% satisfied with this item you can always return it to me until 7 days! I accept returns for refund within 7days from the item's reception date. Item must be in original condition that it was sent. Refund will be for the item sale price only. I retain the right to refuse any refund if I feel the return policy is being abused. Please check your country’s IMPORT laws before bid or buy. We are not responsible for any returned items. If you are satisfied with my product please leave positive feed back. Thank you.