We offer Ugwu Seedlings. Ugwu is known as the Fluted Pumpkin. It is a vine plant that is native to West Africa and quite popular and heavily consumed in many parts of Nigeria.
Telforia Occidentalis is a drought-tolerant, dioecious perennial crop that is indigenous to the Southern part of Nigeria and it does belong to the family of Cucurbitaceae. Common names for the plant are fluted gourd, fluted pumpkin, ugwu and ugu. The fruits are not edible but seeds produced by the gourd are high in protein and fat meaning that they can be included in the dishes to make a well-balanced diet.
Consuming ugwu leaves in your meals comes with many natural benefits. Ugwu is a natural hematinic due to its iron content as well as an immune booster. The leaves also have blood sugar-reducing effects and can be included in the diet of diabetics. Also, the Ugwu plant contains a high level of phosphorus and can help prevent kidney diseases.
Growing Ugwu Seedlings
Ugwus’ growing period begins in April or May, it is a fairly drought resistant, vine grown plant that can be grown on a wide range of soil. It can be intercropped with other food and vegetable crops such as yam, maize, and cassava, or it can be planted against a fence, or bamboo stakes can be prepared for it. For fruit production, wider spacing is required when using stakes while densely spaced stands are best for leaf production.