Ancient Egyptians worshipped it, believing its spherical shape and concentric rings symbolised eternal life. In ancient Greece, athletes ate large quantities of it because they believed it lightened the balance of blood. Roman gladiators were rubbed down with it to firm up their muscles. Some sects in India do not eat it because they believe it is an aphrodisiac. It contains chemical compounds believed to have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-cholesterol and anti-cancer properties. It is eaten raw, fried, boiled, sautéed, pickled, in curries and as a garnish. Guess the name of this popular vegetable.
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