Chinese Bitter Melon
The Chinese Bitter Melon is a popular vegetable used in Asian cooking and has long been an ingredient in traditional Chinese medicine. Researchers have identified active ingredients in this green fruit that could lead to new treatments for diabetes. In folk medicine, the more bitter this vegetable is, the more medicinal value it has. This vegetable has been used for centuries as a laxative and to expel parasitic worms from the body. A medium-size bitter melon has only about 20 calories and contains potassium, folate and Vitamin C.
Origin: Dominican Republic, Honduras, Guatemala, U.S.