Pearly white, refined fruits are
more mild than other bitter melons.
The smooth, white fruits are
often found neatly lined up and
proudly displayed at kiosks in Taiwan,
where they are pureed into
juices with just a hint of honey for
sweetness. This variety is also a
popular salad type, thinly shaved
as a cooling summer treat. An
exceptional variety for those new
to eating bitter melon or who do
not love the stronger flavor of the
more astringent green varieties.
We collected seeds for these in
the beautiful city of Taipei, Taiwan.
In Taiwan these are believed
to be beneficial for a variety of
health conditions and used as an
overall tonic. Street-side stands
sell these famous white bitter
melons prepared into everything
from smoothies and ice cream,
to curries and stirfry. These have
a wonderful flavor and are so
beautiful, we grow the elegant
vines even in our flower gardens.
The lovely fruit can grow to over
12” long and get quite heavy.