A summer squash variety and a champion in Ayurvedic cuisine. It is light to digest, nourishes every body tissue, and acts as a “peace-maker” among the five elements. With its sweet and astringent taste, lauki squash cools down excessive overall heat, especially an overheated liver. Unlike other watery squashes, lauki squash will not imbalance the Earthy (Kapha), who have a tendency to retain water. On a more subtle level, lauki is said to open the heart and calm the emotions. Ayurveda highly recommends lauki for pregnant women. Other names for pale-green lauki (Lagenaria siceraria): louki, bottle gourd, calabash, kaddu, doodhi, ghiya, opo.
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