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.
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
- 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
- Avoid during pregnancies (it is a contraindication)
- Be sure to remove all seeds before consuming as can be toxic (especially with children)
- None, for the bitter taste, no other melon or fruit can replace it