Bitter gourd (also known as bitter melon), looks like a cucumber but it has small bumps all over the skin. This is referred to as Karela in Hindi.
There are two types of bitter gourd: a pale green, oblong one that grows to about 20cms in length and another relatively smaller oval dark green which grows to 10cms in length.
The botanical name for bitter gourd is Momordica Charantia and it belongs to the Cucurbitaceae family which also includes squash, melons, cucumbers and luffas.
As the name suggests, the gourd is bitter to taste because of the presence of momordicine. Of the two varieties, both have similar qualities. When the seeds are white in colour it means that it is unripe and the seeds turn red when they the gourd becomes ripe. When the vegetable-fruit is ripe, it tastes a lot more bitter.
Karela (Bitter Gourd)
- Product Code: PCK-Karla
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