Also known as Bitter Gourd or Momordica Charantia, bitter melon is closely related to zucchini, pumpkin, and cucumber and has many health benefits.
Science shows that many bitter-tasting compounds in bitter melon are good for us, so is it time to swallow the bitter pill?
While it may look unusual, resembling a squash with wart-like bumps or jagged spikes on the rind, bitter melon is widely prized for its unique flavor and nutritional benefits.
With a bitter taste and distinctive appearance, bitter melon is widely used in Asian cuisine and is increasingly popular as a dietary supplement. Bitter melon is believed to cleanse toxins, and is often used to treat indigestion and respiratory infections and has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.
Bitter melon is native to Asia, Africa and parts of the Caribbean, with a long history in Ayurvedic and traditional medicine. This article delves into the long history, versatile applications and impressive health benefits of bitter melon to discover the bitter truth about this rather unusual gourd.