BotanicalName : Momordica Charantia

CommonName : BITTER GOURD

Specification : Bitter Principles 7%

Uses : Blood sugar support, for Gout AND Rheumatism

Description : Momordica charantia, known as bitter melon in English, has many other local names. Goya from Okinawan and karela from Sanskrit are also used by English-language speakers.This herbaceous, tendril-bearing vine grows up to 5 m (16 ft) in length. It bears simple, alternate leaves 4–12 cm (1.6–4.7 in) across, with three to seven deeply separated lobes. Each plant bears separate yellow male and female flowers. In the Northern Hemisphere, flowering occurs during June to July and fruiting during September to November.The fruit has a distinct warty exterior and an oblong shape. It is hollow in cross-section, with a relatively thin layer of flesh surrounding a central seed cavity filled with large, flat seeds and pith. The fruit is most often eaten green, or as it is beginning to turn yellow. At this stage, the fruit's flesh is crunchy and watery in texture, similar to cucumber, chayote or green bell pepper, but bitter.