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Bitter Gourd


Description

Bitter Gourd is one of the most bitter vegetables produced. When the fruit is green, the skin is edible whereas the pith is removed before cooking. The pith becomes sweet and red when ripe and is used uncooked in various salads. Also known as bitter melon, it originated in India. Bitter gourd is also known as balsam pear. Its leaf juice is used to treat alcoholism.

Types

  • Indian Bitter Gourd: It is recognized by point ends and a rough texture.
  • Chinese Bitter Melon: With a smoother surface, the Chinese variety is pale green with blunt ends.

Health benefits

Bitter gourds regulate blood sugar level, stimulate the liver, repair blood tissue and improve digestion. Bitter gourds are very low in calories.
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