Indian Bitter Melon

Momordica charantia, popularly known as bitter melon, Chinese cundeamor or balsamina is a tropical or subtropical species belonging to the family Cucurbitaceae, widely distributed for its edible fruit, which is characterized by being one of the most bitter plants of all vegetables. In Chinese cuisine it is used for soups, and also as tea. Very popular in Indian cuisine, where it is usually prepared with potatoes and served with yogurt to counteract its bitterness.

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