The Bottle gourd was one of the first cultivated plants in the world, grown not primarily for food, but for use as a water container. The Bottle gourd may have been carried from Africa to Asia, Europe and the Americas in the course of human migration. Some also believe that Bottle Gourd is a vegetable of Bangladesh origin. Across the world it is a popular consumption item. Bottle gourd can be used in a wide variety curries,and also as a healthy form of juice. It is low in fat but contains good amounts of vitamins and minerals. Bottle gourd holds pride of place in the Indian Ayurvedic medical system. Here is why our ancestors included it in their regular diet,and why it still makes sense to do so. Bottle Gourd is 96.1% water, so is light on the stomach and aids digestion. A 100 gm serving of Bottle Gourd contains just twelve calories and is ideal if you are watching your weight.