Bitter Gourd, Bitter Melon, Balsam Pear 'Green Skin'

Momordica charantia

Family: Cucurbitaceae (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Momordica (mo-MOR-di-ka) (Info)
Species: charantia (char-AN-tee-a) (Info)
Cultivar: Green Skin

Category:

Annuals

Vegetables

Vines and Climbers

Water Requirements:

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Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Foliage:

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Height:

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

Spacing:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Hardiness:

Not Applicable

Where to Grow:

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Danger:

N/A

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Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Unblemished fruit must be significantly overripe before harvesting seed; clean and dry seeds

Gardeners' Notes:

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On Sep 5, 2005, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

An open pollinated variety from Malaysia, this Chinese bitter melon produces medium sized fruit 6"-8" long. The light green skin of this melon is smooth with large smooth warts. The leaves and leafy shoots of the Green Skin are edible, along with the melons, which grow increasingly bitter as they mature. Young melons are excellent in soups with pork and black beans, and mature melons are a tasty addition to a stir-fry. Try them stuffed with pork or seafood or cooked with fermented black beans.

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