Strange as it looks, the bitter gourd or bitter melon is becoming another cancer preventer like green tea. Here in South India we see this vegetable everywhere. Indians eat it for many other reasons besides preventing cancer, like diabetes. I have seen it only prepared fried in circles and can tell you I have only been able to eat 3-5 pieces ever in my life. It is very bitter and it would take a huge effort on my part to willingly consume this every day. It is definitely an acquired taste.
How to make Bitter Gourd taste less bitter:
- In a non-metal bowl dissolve 1/3 cup water to 1 1/2 cup of water (called making a brine) and soak the Bitter Gourd cut into slices like above but remove center seeds, for 1 hour. Rinse and repeat soaking only a half hour more.
- Rinse the pieces in cold water and on a flat surface sprinkle salt over each side and let sit another 30 minutes.
- Rinse salt off and now time to cook or juice!
Here are links to some bitter gourd juice recipes that may help ingestion easier.
Benefits of Bitter Gourd:
- Lowers blood sugar
- It purifies blood, activates spleen and liver
- Juice of leaves help piles, alcoholism & Cholera
- Treating bacterial, fungal infections
- Drinking bitter gourd juice serves as a healthy way to detox the body.
Links on Bitter Gourd: