Vegetables and Fruit forum: Momoridca charantia - Bitter melon

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Name: Betsy
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piksihk
Aug 4, 2013 3:20 PM CST
My mom gave the two larger ones from her garden and the other two are Indian bitter melons from my neighbor who is from India. As you can see, both have light greenish skin, not the usual dark green skin. The Indian melons have skin with pointy ridges.

My own bitter melon plants have not fruited...last year I got the small apple-size green bitter melons.
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Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Aug 4, 2013 3:28 PM CST
I do know bitter melon is used in cooking from other cultures, mostly East Indian food I think. But I have never even actually seen the unprocessed fruit.
Name: Betsy
Texas (Zone 9a)
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piksihk
Aug 5, 2013 9:22 AM CST
Rita,

My neighbor just gave me two more yesterday afternoon (glad she is sharing her abundance). The bigger one is about 10 inches long.
They are the Indian white.

Not too many people like the bitterness of the fruit but my DH loves them. I grew up eating them, of course, when I was young, it wasn't my favorite but now I do like them. I need to get her recipe for them.

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PS you're garden is just amazing!
God writes the gospel not in the Bible alone, but on trees and flowers and clouds and stars. ~Author unknown, commonly attributed to Martin Luther
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Tomato Heads I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Vegetable Grower Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge)
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Newyorkrita
Aug 5, 2013 9:27 AM CST
Oh Betsy, those sure are odd looking fruits!

And thank you for the compliment on my garden.

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