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Bitter gourd is also known as bitter melon, karella and balsam pear. The India type bitter melon has dark green skin of this hybrid’s 6-8" fruits are heavily warted. The spindle-shaped melons taper at both ends, and overall they are narrower than a Chinese bitter melon. Growers prefer this variety for its early maturity and long-lasting, generous yield.

⦁    Warm season annual
⦁    Maturity: Approx. 40-55 days
⦁    Planting season: Late spring/summer

Cultivation: Prepare fertile, well-drained soil. Transfer the plant in late spring/early summer (soil temp at least 60°F) in a warm and sunny location. The plant is being grown in the greenhouse for approximately 6 – 8 weeks. Keep soil moist. Fertilize as needed. Train to climb a vertical support for better air circulation and ease of harvest.


Please note: Maturity, adaptability and disease tolerance may differ under your specific climate and/or growing conditions.


Culinary tips: Popular in Indian dishes. Often prepared with potatoes and served with yogurt to offset the bitter flavor. Recommended as a healthy food by the American Diabetic Association.

Bitter Gourd, India Hybrid - Momordica charantia

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