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Bitter Melons


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Quantity/Pack: 2 Pounds
Seasonality: Year Round
Origin: USA, Mexico

Grown as a fruit but used as a vegetable, the Bitter Melon is actually a member of the squash family. Resembling a long, bumpy cucumber, Bitter Melon can be found in Asian and East Indian cooking. From 5-12 inches in length, the grooved yellow-green to dark green skin of the Bitter Melon gives way to a fibrous, seed-filled core. Its slightly sour flavor becomes quite bitter upon ripening.

This bitter or quinine flavor (a bitter alkaloid) is often combined with garlic or chile. Once thought to contain medicinal qualities, in some parts of China, Bitter Melon is still used to purify the blood and cool the digestive system. Bitter Melon can be stuffed, curried or pickled.

Bitter Melons from Melissa’s are hand-selected for excellent quality. Choose melons that are still green for optimal bitterness. For more mild flavoring, look for the yellow-green varieties. Store loose in a paper or plastic bag in the refrigerator for up to one week.

Cut in half and discard seeds and fibrous core. Blanch or salt to reduce bitterness. Skin is edible.

This item is perishable and must ship at least 2nd Day.

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