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Bitter Melon

Submitted by on April 8, 2011 – 8:28 pm3 Comments | 11,121 views

Ingredient Name: Bitter Melon, bittermelon

Chinese Name: 苦瓜 (Kǔguā)

An interesting fruit to say the least.  I actually DO NOT enjoy the taste of bitter melon (at all), but some people actually LOVE it!  This is a very unique melon in that you can find it in soups, stews, teas, drinks, and various Chinese dishes across the spectrum.

What is this?
  • Usually long, green and bumpy to texture (although some varieties are also yellow) – which also varies the bitterness
  • It is bitter to taste (even after being cooked)
  • The Chinese types are usually 20-30 cm in length

How do I prepare it?

  • Rinse in warm water
  • Half and remove all seeds
  • Cut into edible portions for soups or cooking

Where can I buy this?

  • Available in fresh marts in Hong Kong
  • Also available in supermarkets

What is the cost?

  • 1 bitter melon about 30cm in length cost around $5-6 HKD

Any benefits?

  • Helps remove heatiness and eliminate heat
  • Aids in digestion and stimulate appetite
  • Have been found to be a anti-cancer agent and improve the immune system
  • Also helps with dyspepsia and constipation

Any precautions?

  • Avoid during pregnancies (it is a contraindication)
  • Be sure to remove all seeds before consuming as can be toxic (especially with children)

Any substitutes?

  • None, for the bitter taste, no other melon or fruit can replace it

3 Comments »

  • janetan says:

    hi souplady,
    about this melon, i have a suggestion on making it less bitter. after you have clean and slice it, u can use salt to marinate it a while and give it some massage. then rinse..you can try it..
    your blog post is really a great one that give all the info so clear and direct..oh ya, i’m from malaysia..have a nice day~

  • LadyTong says:

    Jane, That’s great advice – I’ll actually try it with the salt. This may work for fried bitter melon dishes too! Thanks again and appreciate your support & comment. Lisa

  • LED tubes says:

    I myself love bitter melons. When my mom cooks it, I don’t know how she does it .. but she manages to remove the bitterness. And that’s how I learned to love them.

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