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Bitter melon or Bitter gourd

Momordica charantia

Description:

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

Notes:

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
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5 Comments

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
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
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
Spotted by
Pradeep Kumar

India

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

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