Vietnamese Plant Index

Khô qua (Bitter melon)
Momordica charantia

                    
Thanh Nguyen's Homegarden                                                             Thanh Nguyen's Homegarden
 

                
         Nhan Couch's Homegarden                                                 Nhan Couch's Homegarden
 

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Homegardener Knowledge

    "I like bitter melon so much.  You can eat if somebody has diabetes."

    According 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." 
 

     Khô 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 in shape. 

(Sources: http://www.rain-tree.com and http://altnature.com)

 

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