Cyclanter is a very healthy and tasteful vegetable. How to grow this product at home, what is its advantage, what dishes are prepared from it and in what diets are used, you will learn by reading this article.

Cyclanter - this is the name of a special plant genus from the pumpkin family, which unites seventy-five species. The homeland of this exotic vegetable is considered to be Mexico, as well as Central and Southern parts of America. This genus includes, as we all know, zucchini, squash, cucumber, and other products that are less common with us.

The cyclanter is also known under the names: wild cucumber, Peruvian cucumber, achohcha. For food, the fruits of this culture are suitable, which taste something in between a cucumber and pepper.

How best to grow cyclanter?

Loamy, sandy loamy fertile soil is suitable for the cyclanter. Drainage required. He loves organic, mineral fertilizers. Well lit areas are suitable. Seedlings are planted in glass greenhouses or flower pots, standing on the south side. It is preferable to plant in the ground near the verandas, arbors, as a beautiful decorative culture.

Preparing the soil for planting

The plots are prepared in the autumn period. It should be dug up to 25-30 centimeters, fertilized: per 1 square. meter - manure (enough buckets), superphosphate (2 tablespoons), one - potassium sulfate and a glass of ash.

We plant cyclanter

In addition to planting, seeds can also be used with seedlings. They should be sown in the ground since the beginning of May (exactly as they are planting cucumber seeds), maintaining a distance of about 25-30 centimeters between plants. Literally on day 5-6, cultivation will lead to seedlings.

The action algorithm is as follows:

  1. We dig out neat pits for planting on a site previously prepared for this purpose, having dimensions: 40x40x40 centimeters.
  2. We spread in them alternately humus, half a bucket in each, add two glasses of ash from the tree. We mix the fertilizer with an earthen layer located in the upper part.
  3. We plant all this trellis, maintaining the interval: one hundred ten - one hundred and twenty centimeters between them. We do not water the seedlings with cold water.
  4. After two, at most - three weeks, the growth of plants begins, they rise along the trellis. It is important that the stems are well tied with a loose loop so that the twine passes through each knot.

Properly care for cyclanter

This culture is hygrophilous and blooms profusely. This is important to know, since in case of insufficient watering the ovaries can disappear - just fall off. Water should not be cold water. The second half of the vegetative period reduces the need for moisture, as the root system goes deep. Watering will now need to be a three-day break. One seedling requires seven to eight liters of liquid. If necessary, the window in the greenhouse complex can be periodically kept open - there will be no excess moisture. When flowering and fruiting begins, the crop should be fed using mineral fertilizers or an ordinary mullein. The calculation is as follows: each plant has two liters. Feeding is carried out with a three-week break.

To accelerate fruiting, each side shoot should be shortened by a couple of sheets. In the middle are removed, which have up to four leaves, which allows you to form shoots on the side (and the main part of the crop consists of them). While the season will last, you need to do three to four weeds, alternating them with loosening the soil layer. With the onset of mid-July, the plant should be provided with hilling. Remove shoots that do not bear fruit by repeating the procedure every two weeks. Cyclanter is an example of bright decorative culture. Moreover, it gives fruits that are distinguished by excellent taste and have beneficial properties. Despite some increased demands on growing conditions, in the middle of the region it can be effective.

How is this product useful?

Seeds have approximately twenty eight to thirty different amino acids. We are talking about peptin, galacturonic acid, glycoside, brompicrine, flavonoids, alkoloids, carbohydrate group, resin, sterols, and other components that are very necessary for a person. However, not only the fruits are good.

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Peruvians take tea made with the help of seed cyclanters as a hypotensive agent that controls high blood pressure (hypertension)The leaves are suitable for a decoction that lowers blood glucose; A decoction is also used as a hypoglycemic agent when diabetes is treated.It can be used as a diuretic. It is enough to boil the fruit in olive oil and you will get a healing analgesic and antipyretic medicine
It is enough to dry and grind the seeds of the cyclantra and they will be deadly to intestinal parasites. The main thing is to observe the dosage (one gram). Also indicated for indigestionPowdered cyclant powder is suitable as a means for brushing your teeth. The powder also helps in the treatment of sore throat, as well as colds. In the latter case, it is boiled in milk.

Diets that use Peruvian cucumber

Cyclanter is not just edible, but can also be used with mono-diet. We are talking about the dietary use of only this vegetable throughout the day. Besides him, you can only drink. 1.5 kg should be eaten per day. cucumber from the ground. All meals are divided into 5 receptions. During the break, drinking pure water (without gas) is allowed. You should drink from one and a half to two, or even three liters per day. It is important to remember that in order to prevent malfunctions of the body, a similar mono-diet should be used only on the day of unloading - and not more often.

The following foods are combined with them during the week-long cucumber-based diet: rye bread, boiled rice, low-fat fish, fruit juice or recently squeezed fruit, green peas, low-fat soup.

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