This season I selected Bitter Melon for my vegetable garden as we have developed taste for this ‘not liked by all’ vegetable. The bitterness can be removed by squeezing and masked by addition of spices. Several recipes are possible to suit your taste. Bitter melon also called bitter gourd is probably the most bitter of all fruits, and yet one of the most nutritious too. It is a climber and requires good supports for spreading. It’s scientific name is Momordica charantia and belongs to Cucurbitacea family. It thrives in hot and humid climate. It has a distinct appearance because of it’s elongated shape and warty surface. It turns yellow to saffron on ripening It is very popular in Indian and many other country’s cuisine. It has many medicinal properties. It is bitter because of high concentration of quinine.
Ripe fruit and seeds
Ripe fruit opening for dispersal of seeds
Seeds look brown or white after the red skin goes
Size of fruit depends on variety
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