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Winter hardy / Bittermelon (Momordica charantia)

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Bittermelon (Momordica charantia)
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An annual climbing plant from Asia with edible fruits. The fruits are often used in the Asian cuisine. Tripe fruits are orange/yellow and have beautiful red seeds.

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Family: Cucurbitaceae
Scientific name: Momordica charantia
Common name: Bittermelon / Bittergourd
Origin: Tropical Asia

The Bittermelon is a climbing plant from tropical Asia which can be held as an annual plant in the garden. The plant can also be held for longer than a year if the temperature is kept above 5 degC. The fruits are green at first, but become yellow/orange when they ripen. When they have completely ripened, the fruits burst open and the beautiful red seeds become visible. As long as the fruits are green, they are edible. The juicy pulp of the fruit is whitish green like cucumber, and tastes bitter. The fruits are often used in the Asian cuisine, but can also be usd as an alternative for hops in the brewing of beer. To alleviate the bitter taste, the fruits can be soaked in salt water before they are cooked. In addition, the Bittermelon can be applied as a medicine for some types of diabetes.

Sowing instructions: Sow the seeds in spring in a sowingmix, and let them germinate at room temperature. Keep the soil constantly moist.

Sowing time: February  - May
Difficulty: Easy
Minimum temperature: 5 degrees Celsius (annual)

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stijn - 17-04-2022 10:28

vanochtend ontdekt dat de zaden zijn uitgekomen en nu goet groeien en dan kijken of ik ook vruchten kan krijgen

Arnie - 11-12-2021 12:58

Afgelopen jaar zijn de zaden uitgekomen (vorig jaar november besteld) en heb ik kiloos van deze vruchtgroente kunnen oogsten. Ook de bladeren heb ik kunnen gebruiken voor thee. De zaden komen uit India en daar heb je diverse varianten van deze groente. Anders dan op de foto getoond, had ik de meer stekeligere versie en deze is wat donkerder. Aanrader!