What are the pros? Less bitter, beautiful fruit
What are the cons? Needs good, rich soil
I planted these in two separate gardens, 45 miles apart. One garden is in a remote rural area and gets little attention. The other is in town and is tended frequently. The Okinawans in the remote garden took a bit to get growing, but once started, there was no stopping them. They grew up a fence in big green waves and produced big, beautiful pearly fruit. The ones in the town garden all died but one: this lone plant grew to 6 inches long and stopped growing. It sat there all summer and didn’t grow another inch and never produced fruit. From the fruit out of the rural garden I was able to make bitter melon pickles and bitter melon jelly (using jalape?o jelly recipe from the Ball Blue Book, just substitute bitter melons for jalape?os). The melons are a little less bitter than the green melons I grow, they get bigger, and are so pretty. I took several to work and people were grabbing them up because they had never seen anything so unique. Make sure your soil is rich, you will love!
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