The bitter melon (Chinese: ; pinyin: kugua), also called bitter gourd, karela, balsampear, or balsamapple, is the edible fruit of the tropical and subtropical plant Momordica charantia, named for its bitter taste, considered the most bitter among all edible vegetables. The young shoots and leaves of the plant may be eaten as greens, and are not particularly bitter.
The original home of bitter gourd is not known except that it is a native of the tropics. It is widely grown in South Asia and Southeast Asia, as well as in China and the Caribbean. It is often used in Chinese cooking for its bitter flavour. It is also cultivated extensively all over India and a type of chips called karela chips are quite relished. It is however seldom mixed with other vegetables due to its extreme bitterness.
The fruit is dark green, 7 to 7 1 / 2 inches long, uniform in shape. The skin is thick with good teething. Very productive. Bitter. This is a typical variety of Indian bitter gourds and is very popular for Indian cuisines. An unique appearance of Indian bitter gourds is teeth on the fruit skin. This variety produces long green skin fruits, 8-12 inches in length and about 1 / 4 lb. In weight. The plant grows vigorously in warm climates and bears lot of fruits for a long time. Bitter gourd has excellent medicinal virtues. It is antidotal, antipyretic tonic, appetizing, stomachic, antibilious and laxative. The bitter gourd is also used in native medicines of Asia and Africa. Packing: packed in corrugated boxes of 5 kg to 10 kg. As per requirement. Mode of transport: by air