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Abashi Bitter Gourd (10 seeds) (BM113) $3.00

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Abashi Bitter Gourd

         
 
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An Okinawan heirloom variety with deep green skin color and a very mild bitter taste. Fruit is 3-4 inches in diameter and 8-10 inches long. This variety can tolerate high temperatures and does well up to 90 F. Harvest around 120 days after sowing.
 
Abashi Bitter Gourd
Overall Rating:
         
3.5
 
 
Number of Reviews: 9
Easy to Grow 3.5
EarlyMaturity 2.5

77.8% would recommend this item to a friend.

 
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Nickname:
SoCal Gardener
Location:
Los Angeles, CA, United States
Date:
August 19, 2019
          2.0
 
Pleasant bitterness
Easy to Grow 2.0
EarlyMaturity 3.0
 

What are the pros? Pleasant bitter flavor

What are the cons? Low yield, small fruits

Review:

Soaking the seeds overnight didn't help; rather, directly sowing them in seed starting packs unsoaked helped them to germinate. The fruits are tasty and good for those that aren't used to eating bittermelon. I usually slice them in half lengthwise and then slice them into very thin slices, sauteed the bitter melons first, then either add in eggs or sliced luncheon meat. It's very delicious and healthy. My complaints are that I planted out 5 plants and have only harvested about 10 fruits, which is way too little for the effort to be worth it. After the initial harvest, the fruits kept getting smaller and smaller and turn yellow before they're even full-sized. Therefore, I will not be growing this variety again next year.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? No

Was this review helpful? Yes  No

2 out of 2 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
C. Song
Location:
Tulsa, OK, United States
Date:
July 23, 2019
          4.0
 
Difficult for Humid South.
Easy to Grow 3.0
EarlyMaturity 1.0
 

What are the pros? Wonderful viner for visuals.

What are the cons? Susceptible to blight.

Review:

We had a terrible season this year in Oklahoma, with major flooding - trapping towns in water, etc. The rain was so bad it brought early blight with the humidity. These bitter melon contracted the blight bad. Every 2 days I sprayed them with a diluted hydrogen peroxide solution and the plants were constantly battling the blight (the bottom 3 feet of the plants are completely naked and is just the vine stem) - they did not fruit like stated. I thought the plants were done for but still watered and sprayed them. Even with our 100 degree summer days, where I thought for sure they would die as many of the leaves wilted and the flowers that bloomed all fell off due to the heat, the plant struggled to live. I went on vacation this summer so my plants went without water for 2 weeks and lived. Finally, after MONTHS - the top living portion of the plants are producing fruits... I planted two plants and have currently 6 fruits about 4-5 in, with several little tiny buds. Ground planted them

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No

1 out of 2 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Lynn
Location:
Roseland, FL, United States
Date:
June 22, 2019
          1.0
 
2 fruits from 5 plants
Easy to Grow 2.0
EarlyMaturity 1.5
 

What are the pros? Fruits are good size

What are the cons? Didn't produce well at all!

Review:

I have an organic garden and have lots of milkweed and other pollinator-friendly plants all over my garden and the bees and many other kinds of pollinators swarm all over my tomatoes basil and other herbs. I have only seen 1 Bumblebee holiday the abashi flowers and out of 4 plants, I only got 2 gourds. this is very disappointing since I wanted to make tinctures from them. everything else did very well and was productive except for these gourds so not sure why? I'll see if I can do better next year, because I really would like to make extracts with them

Would you recommend this product to a friend? No

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2 out of 3 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Val
Location:
Keaau, HI, United States
Date:
May 27, 2019
          5.0
 
Lovely Melon and Great Taste.
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 5.0
 

What are the pros? Very productive.

What are the cons? Low germination rate.

Review:

The plant produce large melons with beautiful emerald green color. Very mild bitter taste. Good in stir-fry and soup.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No

12 out of 12 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Robin
Location:
Pottsville, PA, United States
Date:
March 5, 2019
          4.0
 
Bitter Medicinal Used As Veg
Easy to Grow 3.0
EarlyMaturity 3.0
 

What are the pros? Medicinal Use

What are the cons? Germination Can Be Difficult

Review:

Bitter Gourd is new to westerners, so most reviewers don't seem to understand what it is. You can eat it as a vegetable, BUT it is also meant to be a bitter medicinal. Its medicinal use is to lower blood sugar, so no I wouldn't eat it if you have a tendency to hypoglycemia, but it can be very helpful to people concerned about diabetes. It also is supposed to be healthful for the liver. You can only eat it when it is green BEFORE the seeds develop. No, you cannot eat the seeds. You have to let a couple of the fruits ripen into a reddish/orange color before you can save the seeds. At that point, it is no longer edible.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No
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