Bitter Melon

An Acquired Taste

Bitter Melon

It's name says it all. Bitter melon is extremely bitter to the taste and resembles a cucumber with very bumpy skin. It's definitely an acquired taste!

Bitter melon is long and narrow, resembling a very bumpy-skinned cucumber. It is medium green in color and has crisp off-white fresh and small seeds. The younger the melon is, the less bitter it tastes.

Long thought to have medicinal value, bitter melon has been used as an alternative therapy to treat everything from infections to type 2 diabetes. It is rich in iron, beta carotene, calcium, and potassium.

Originally from India, bitter melon is used in stir-fry, stew, soup, and other recipes that can match its strong, sometimes overpowering flavor.

The Lowdown

  • Season
    Summer/Fall
  • Select
    Choose those heavy for their size but small and young.
  • Store
    They will keep for up to a week in the crisper bin of the refrigerator.

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