Indian Bitter Melon
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Seasonality: Jan - Nov
Origin: USA, Mexico
Indian Bitter Melon is actually a member of the squash family. Resembling a bumpy cucumber, Indian Bitter Melon is much smaller than Chinese Bitter Melon. It is only 4 to 5 inches in length and the grooved yellow-green to dark green skin holds a fibrous, seed-filled core. Its slightly sour flavor becomes quite bitter upon ripening.
This bitter or quinine flavor is often combined with garlic or chile. It is used in soups, curries, stir-fry, or can be steamed and braised.
Look for firm Bitter Melon with no soft spots. The lighter green denotes a much milder taste. Store loose in a paper or plastic bag in the refrigerator for up to one week.