Bitter Melon

Bitter Melon

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The skin and flesh are both edible and have a bitter flavour that adds interest to soups, stews, stir-fries and curries. Choose bitter melons that are firm and brightly coloured. Buy online at BuyFruit.com.au.

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Bitter Melon

The bitter melon, also known as a bitter gourd, is a member of the gourd family. This gourd is perhaps the most distinctive looking gourd with its glossy, lime green skin and covering of large bumps. Inside, the flesh is pale yellow with seeds that range from light green to red. The skin and flesh are both edible and have a bitter flavour that adds interest to soups, stews, stir-fries and curries.

Choose bitter melons that are firm and brightly coloured. They should be free from soft or discoloured patches. Store bitter melons in the crisper section of the fridge for three to five days.

Did you know? Bitter melon has long been thought to have many medicinal uses. The evidence of this is compelling enough that current research is being done to test the effectiveness of bitter melon in treating diabetes, malaria, high cholesterol, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and even HIV. Experts caution that the compounds in bitter melon are known to lower blood sugar levels, and therefore should not be combined with some diabetic medications.

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