What are the pros? ornamental edible
What are the cons? nothing really
Bitter Melons (Momordica charantia) have been eaten for centuries. You are not supposed to eat the seeds! I've eaten them without incident and had some last night, stuffed w/ ground pork and fermented black beans-yummy! The recipes I use first remove the seed cavity w/ seeds and whitish pulp. Slice about 1/2-1/3 inch thick. Drop in a big pot of boiling water and boil 2-3 minutes. Drain and plunge into cold water to stop the cooking process. At this point, you can proceed with the recipes.
The vines are very ornamental. When the fruits split and reveal the red-arils and seed, they are cool-looking! Plus, I've not had insect pests.
Pick up a Chinese or Indian cook book for more information.
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