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Bitter Melon

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Did You Know?

  • Bitter melon is an acquired taste, even some of our farmers don’t like it—but those who do, love it!
  • It is true, bitter foods usually are highly medicinal. Bitter melon is extremely good for you, for many reasons, but most notably it lowers blood sugar levels and can be used as a way of treating type-2 diabetes. It is also high in antioxidants.
  • It is rich in iron, has twice the beta carotene of broccoli, twice the calcium of spinach, twice the potassium of bananas, and contains Vitamins A, C, folate, phosphorus, and good dietary fiber!
  • When cooking, take out the seeds, they are tough and will not soften with cooking.
  • It’s delicious in Indian chutney with peanuts and sesame seeds
  • Less bitter when fully ripe (larger, lighter green, red seeds inside)

TIP: Slice bitter melon and sprinkle salt on it then let it sit in the fridge for a couple of hours. The salt will extract a lot of the liquid and bitterness. After a couple of hours rinse the bitter melon and cook as normal.

 

Paw Moo’s Stir-Fried Bitter Melon with Egg
serves 2
INGREDIENTS:
• 1 bitter melon
• 2 eggs
• a good drizzle of peanut or coconut oil
• dash of soy sauce (optional)
• salt and pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS:
Cut bitter gourd in half lengthwise, remove the seeds and slice each half into small pieces.
Beat the eggs in a bowl with a dash of soy sauce and/or a pinch of salt and some pepper.
Heat a skillet or wok over high heat and then add your oil. Add the bitter melon and saute for a minute. Add another dash of soy sauce or salt and saute for another minute or two until melon begins to soften.
Pour eggs over melon and let set for about half a minute. Then flip and let other side cook til eggs are set and lightly browned. Delicious served with rice and hot sauce. Enjoy!