MOMORDICA CHARANTIA
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SEEDS OF MOMORDICA CHARANTIA - BITTER MELON, BITTER GOURD

Edible climber. The fresh leaves are ideal for salads and the dried leaves make delicious herbal teas. The fruit is also eaten young.

Tall 2 to 5 m. Large, green lobed leaves. Fragrant, yellow flowers and cucumber-like fruits. The ripe fruit is bitter and split open to display its seeds wrapped in a red pulp.

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Sow indoors
Sow outdoors
Harvest
Average germination (%) 70
Climate Zone Tropical
Flower colour Yellow
Fragrant Flower
Germination (in days) 8-15
Hardiness Non hardy
Life cycle Annual
Plant usage Climber, Edible, Walls, fences
Seeds per gram 5
Soil - Moisture Moist but well-drained
Soil - Ph No preference
Soil - Type No preference, Rich
Sunlight - Exposure No preference, Sun
Watering Regular

Indoor sowing takes place from March to May, extending until June for outdoor sowing. Before sowing, seeds should be soaked in warm water 24 hours then sow 0,5cm deep maintaining a temperature of 23-26ºC.

Before consuming the fruit, it is necessary to put it to soak a few hours so that it loses its bitter taste and its sap can be enjoyed since it is not edible fresh.

Very tasty in pickles, soups and stews.

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