Sunday, September 03, 2006


One of the owners of MGM Indian food was retrieving a cardboard tray of beautiful objects from the trunk of a vehicle in the parking lot. She said they're called bitter melons or bitter gourds. The most resembled the "baby" version in the left column on this page, but were not unlike a combination of the two baby versions in the adjoining right column on this page. She said they were grown nearby but we didn't think to ask exactly where. They had obviously been picked very recently. She cooks them sliced and with ginger. It is said to have medicinal qualities and is a member of the cucumber family. I like it that there's a National Bitter Melon Council, with the motto "Better living through bitter melon."


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