Explainer: Bottle gourd poisoning is a fact; know how this humble vegetable can turn fatal for you

However, there are certain toxins in the bottle gourd, which one should be careful about. It contains toxic tetracyclic triterpenoid compounds called cucurbitacins which are responsible for the bitter taste and toxicity. The plant produces this toxin as a defence mechanism against herbivore animals. So far, there are no antidotes for this toxicity. Bottle gourd … Read more