Bitter Melon (Thai-type)

£2.50

A Thai-style bitter melon (or gourd) that can also be used in Chinese and Asian cuisine.

Description

A Thai-style bitter melon (or gourd) that can also be used in Chinese and Asian cuisine.

The fruit are bracingly bitter and are certainly an acquired taste, much like coffee and beer. They are oval-shaped with a green, spiny surface that becomes soft after cooking. They are quite small compared to other types of bitter melon and are best harvested when about 50 to 75mm long.

The viny plants should be kept under cover and given plenty of space to grow.  

Number of seeds per pack: 10

 

 

 

 

 

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As the fruit of bitter melon mature, the surface changes from green to orange, and the seeds harden, turn from white to brown, and eventually become enclosed in a bright red goo. The fruit then split open, exposing the seeds, which then fall to the ground.
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To get the best from bitter melon, the trick is to harvest the fruit before they become overly mature. They must still be green on the outside, though they are still edible even as the seed harden and start to turn brown. If the seed are in this state, then use a spoon to scoop them out, leaving the outside shell for cooking.