bitter melon (Momordica charantia)

  • Bitter melon is also known as bitter gourd, bitter squash, balsam-pear, goya, or karel, depending on where you are in the world.
  • There are many varieties of this tropical or sub-tropical vine.
  • A "typical" bitter melon looks something like an wrinkled cucumber, but tastes very bitter.
  • There is also a completely different plant known as bitter melon in Australia. This is Citrullus lanatus.