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Indian Type

BG 4710
Bitter Gourd - BG 4710
BG 4714
Bitter Gourd - BG 4714
BG 4715
Bitter Gourd - BG 4715
BG 4718
Bitter Gourd - BG 4718
BG 4716
Bitter Gourd - BG 4716
BG 4717
Bitter Gourd - BG 4717
BG 4719
Bitter Gourd - BG 4719
BG 611636
Bitter Gourd - BG 611636
BG4722
Bitter Gourd - BG4722
Strada 153
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BG 634636
Bitter Gourd - BG 4719
BG 627635B
Bitter Gourd - BG 611636
BG 627636
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BG627631
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White Type

BG 4721
Bitter Gourd - BG 4721

Chinese Type

BG 4713
Bitter Gourd - BG 4713
CR 151
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CR 152
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Variety Comparison Chart
Bitter Gourd Comparison Chart
growers-guide
Grower's Guide

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The bitter melon (Chinese: ??; pinyin: kugua), also called bitter gourd, karela, balsampear, or balsamapple, is the edible fruit of the tropical and subtropical plant Momordica charantia, named for its bitter taste, considered the most bitter among all edible vegetables. The young shoots and leaves of the plant may be eaten as greens, and are not particularly bitter.

The original home of bitter gourd is not known except that it is a native of the tropics. It is widely grown in South Asia and Southeast Asia, as well as in China and the Caribbean. It is often used in Chinese cooking for its bitter flavour. It is also cultivated extensively all over India and a type of chips called karela chips are quite relished. It is however seldom mixed with other vegetables due to its extreme bitterness.

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