Khô qua (Bitter melon)
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"I like bitter melon so much. You can eat if somebody has diabetes."
to Tu Huynh, you can use bitter melon to make a tea by drying the leaves.
"It is like medicine and is good for [your] health."
qua, or bitter melon, grows best in tropical areas, including parts of
the Amazon, east Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean, and South America.
It also thrives well here in the warm temperatures of the Southeast.
Khô qua has slender, climbing vines with square sided stems and a
very distinctive musky odor. The leaves have a toothed appearance with
5 to 7 leaflets. There are yellow, solitary male and female flowers borne
in the leaf axils. The fruit has a bumpy exterior and can be from
1 to 8 inches long or more. It can range from pale to dark green
in color when ready for harvest and turns a bright orange when ready
to collect for seeds. If left on the vine for seeds, the fruit will
split into 3 parts which curl back, revealing bright-red, sticky arils
(seed coverings) enclosing white or brown seeds which resemble little shields
(Sources: http://www.rain-tree.com and http://altnature.com)
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