Did you know that Patola has recently grown in popularity and is now becoming an attractive commodity in US vegetable markets?
The Asian veggie is getting more and more profitable in the United States, including Asian groceries in New York, California, and Florida. It contributes to the increasing market diversity and food variety in the US and improves the competitiveness of Florida’s vegetable industry.
Patola or also called “luffa” or “loofah” is one of the most popular vegetables in the Philippines. In fact, patola is mentioned in the popular Tagalog children’s rhyme “Bahay Kubo.” Because of its nutritional advantages, it is regularly used as an ingredient in many Asian dishes and may be farmed all year in the Philippines.
Here are some of the amazing benefits of eating Patola:
Patola contains a substantial amount of vitamin A in the form of beta-carotene, which aids in maintaining eyesight even as people age.
Helps cure anemia
The amount of iron in the veggie is enormous and frequently consuming it can help cure anemia. Additionally, patola is very abundant in vitamin B6— which plays a significant role in the proper control of blood flow to all bodily organs, reducing the signs of fatigue and pain.
Helps in losing weight
Patola has high fiber content, is a good source of vitamins and minerals, and is low in calories and fat. Its low levels of fat and saturated cholesterol make it the perfect diet for people trying to reduce weight. If you want to lose weight naturally, patola is the way!
Patola contains a significant amount of water and dietary fiber that can help relieve constipation, and digestion, and restore normal bowel movement.
Protects liver function
Patola’s contents aid in cleansing the blood of harmful substances, alcohol traces, and undigested food particles. It is essential for preserving bile function and liver health.
Manages diabetes symptoms
Patola is rich in phytonutrients with hypoglycemic properties that effectively reduce post-meal rises in blood sugar. It promotes the metabolism, digestion, and insulin processes and helps control diabetes.
But did you know that apart from the nutrients brought by Patola dishes, it can also be profitable?
The use of patola is dependent on its growth stage. The immature fruit can be a nutritious vegetable dish and is popular in Asian culture. Mature patola is processed to be used for bathroom and kitchen cleaning purposes. It has become an increasingly profitable crop in New York, California, and Florida.
Here are some patola or luffa product ideas:
Luffa sponge soap
Luffa sponge can be processed into gentle scrubbing bars that are useful in cleaning your hands and in cleansing your whole body. The natural luffa sponge helps exfoliate dead skin cells and surface impurities, leaving your skin clean, soft, and soft.
Luffa dishwashing sponge
Patola or luffa sponge can be used as a natural, sustainable, and compostable alternative to plastic sponges.
Luffa sponge for house cleaning
A Luffa sponge can be used to scrub tiles, showers, sinks, and other hard-to-clean surfaces in your house.
Luffa sponge for exfoliating your skin
Luffa can be used to exfoliate your skin. Your skin’s top layer occasionally develops clumps of dead skin cells, giving it a duller and older-looking appearance. Luffa gently exfoliates this layer, leaving the young, healthy skin cells below undisturbed.
No wonder patola is the superior homegrown veggie and sponge. Go start planting it in your backyard and enjoy its benefits!
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