According to reliable traditions, the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) used to have cucumber with salt. Imam Ja’far-e-Sadiq (a.s.) has said that cucumber should be eaten from the root side as it is more advantageous.
Imam Ja’far-e-Sadiq (a.s.) had shown the Jews two methods of curing dandruff, one was eating beetroot and the other was taking out vein from meat.
Hazrat Imam Reza (a.s.) had stated that the leaves of beetroot should be given to those who are ill as it has got beneficial effects and no harmful effect. They will sleep comfortably after having them. But the roots of beetroot cause melancholy (Sauda).
The Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) said to Hazrat Ali (a.s.) that he should take pumpkin as it increases brain and wisdom.
According to Imam Ja’far-e-Sadiq (a.s.), there are three qualities of radish. Its leaves take out poisonous gases from body, its seeds are easily digestible and its veins take out sputum.
Another reliable tradition orders human beings to take turnip in large quantities for it dissolves the capacity of leprosy and dandruff in those who eat sweet potatoes and turnip.
According to another tradition from Imam Ja’far-e-Sadiq (a.s.), one should have turai vegetable as it has four good effects – it cleans bad breath, takes out poisonous gases from the body, cures dysentery and safeguards one from leprosy and dandruff.
Another tradition from the same Imam (a.s.) asserts that no other vegetable is as good and beneficial as purslane (Khurfa) which was the vegetable liked by Hazrat Fatima Zehra (a.s.).