It is an important vegetable of the tropical countries and most popular in India, Nigeria, Pakistan, Cameroon, Iraq, Brazil and Ghana. It is grown in tropical and subtropical parts of the world. It is grown in Kharif as well as in summer conditions. It is cultivated extensively round the year for its immature fruits. Dependable yield and adaptability to varying moisture conditions. It is rich in vitamin A and folic acid, besides carbohydrates, phosphorus, magnesium and potassium and other mineral matters. The fruits are harvested when immature and eaten as vegetable.