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Bitter melon or Bitter gourd

Momordica charantia


Momordica charantia often called bitter melon, bitter gourd or bitter squash in English, has many other local names.


Bitter melon has been used in various Asian and African herbal medicine systems for a long time.In Turkey, it has been used as a folk remedy for a variety of ailments, particularly stomach complaints.

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Bitter Melon
Momordica charantia

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Pradeep Kumar
Pradeep Kumar 7 years ago

Thank you chief.

Pradeep Kumar
Pradeep Kumar 7 years ago

Its called Paavaikaai in tamil, bitter gourd in english. Thank you all for your suggestions.

Seema 7 years ago

ya, a gourd family member

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 7 years ago

Could you tell us what it's called in Tamil ? As Lenny says there are many similar species but a local name would help. It's certainly from the Family Cucurbitaceae (melons, cucumbers, etc) - Paavaikaai, Vellarikaai..etc

LennyWorthington 7 years ago

Cucurbitaceae, Momordica ?
These arn't easy.There are many species similar.I dont recognise your leaf shape.Good luck.

Pradeep Kumar
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Pradeep Kumar


Spotted on Jun 15, 2013
Submitted on Jun 15, 2013

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