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