Sunday, April 05, 2009
It took me almost an hour to find the thing I got at grocery store that no one knew what it was. It is a bitter melon and has that name as it is suppose to be very bitter
I got this from internet
Bitter melon is perhaps the most bitter of vegetables. A member of the squash family native to southern China, it is medium to light green in color, oblong and averaging 8 inches, tapering to a point. Easily recognized by its shiny, fleshy and peculiar warty-looking surface, irregular ridges and bumps run the length of the fruit.
A mainstay of local oriental produce markets, especially during the warm summer months, bitter melon is a common vegetable consumed by millions around the world – not only in the Far East, but also in many Central and South American and Caribbean countries
It is not eaten raw but usually par boiled and added to other stuff as in stir fry.
I will pass.I tasted a tiny piece of raw and it had a strange taste like a mix of cucumber and squash.
Here are both before cutting and after
Now the Pepino melon was another thing.It was rather good.The dark spots you see is where it is too ripe.It is a creamy color to start and then outside has the strips when it is ripe.It had a taste like a combo of plum,pear and melon.Very mild and only slightly sweet. I would eat it again altho all these strange fruits and veggies are usually expensive.
Pepino melon is native to Peru, but is now also grown in California and New Zealand. It is also known as treemelon, bush melon and mellowfruit. Pepino’s are teardrop shaped and have a smooth skin that is striped with yellow and dark purple. The flesh of this fruit is fragrant and combines the tastes of cantaloupe and honeydew.
Pepinos are available late fall to mid-spring. Fruits with a light yellow or green skin are not ripe, while fruits with dark purple stripes are ripePepinos are best served peeled and cubed or sliced.
--Use atop spinach salads.
--Add to fruit medleys.
--Eat plain for breakfast or a light snack.
Only 80 calories for a medium one
And that my friends is our lesson for the day.LOL I recommend the pepino but not bitter. If you are interested you can get details on how to cook bitter on internet