Cooking With Bitter Melon Fruit

Cooking with Bitter Melon Fruit

The easiest place to find bitter melon is an Asian food market, and while you are there pick up some other healthy stir fry veggies. Bitter melon lives up to its name, it does have a bitter taste, so you will want to balance your dish with sweet peppers, carrots, cabbage and the like. You can treat it very much like a squash in cooking:

  1. Slice the ends off, then slice the melon open in halves
  2. Scoop out most the the with pith and seeds, especially if they are large.
  3. Slice the melon into small half circle pieces
  4. Some recipes call for par boiling the melon for a few minutes to remove some of the bitterness, but I am not sure if that would lessen the effects the melon has on blood sugar.
  5. You can then stir fry, saute, or steam the melon until tender.

Personally, I would have a hard time eating enough bitter melon to get a therapeutic effect, and would be more likely to drink the more pleasant tasting bitter melon tea , but your taste buds may react differently than mine.

Bitter Melon *
Recipe Instructions: : Use 1-2 fruits in cooking daily. Use for 4 weeks, then discontinue for 4 weeks. For people with diabetes, it is likely that long-term results will be better if bitter melon is combined with the herb gurmar (Gymnema sylvestre).
Source: Balch, Phyllis A.,CNC. "Prescription for Herbal Healing", (2002)

Tags and Uses for this Remedy

  • Diabetes :Healthy herbs in the kitchen work along with a healthy lifestyle to help prevent and manage diabetes. Baked goods are more diabetic friendly with spices like cinnamon used to lessen the need for sugar.
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