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55 to 60 Days to maturity. Momordica charantia. Dark Jade Bitter Gourd Hybrid Seeds. Non-GMO Annual Hybrid. This warm season annual is a high yielding, India-type bitter gourd. Dark green, bumpy skinned fruits measure 8-10” long and 2” in diameter, weighing about half a pound each. Grown throughout Asia, bitter gourds are often used in traditional cuisines and can be juiced, stir fried, or used in soup. Bitter gourds are also known for their medicinal uses as an herbal medicine or supplement to regulate blood flow, blood sugar, and slow the graying of hair among many other uses. ~ 140 seeds / oz.
Bitter Gourds prefer warmer temperatures and should be planted in the late spring or early summer after all danger of frost has passed. Germination requires temperatures above 65 degrees F. For best germination results, sprout seeds indoors by soaking in water for 24 hours. Wrap in a wet paper towel and keep warm (75-85 degrees F). Prepare fertile, well-drained soil in a sunny location after the last frost. Plant outdoors ½” deep when seeds sprout. Keep soil moist and fertilize when needed. Training vines to climb a vertical support for better air circulation and ease of harvest.
Harvesting Bitter Gourd
This bitter melon can be harvested at 55-60 days, but it can also be harvested earlier for leafy shoots. It is ideal to harvest bitter melons slightly immature when the fruits are firm and before they change color. The lighter the color, the less bitter the fruit will be.
The more you harvest from the vine, the more the plant will produce.
Young fruits are delicious in soups and salads. The fruits are also delicious when lightly fried, stuffed with meat, in soup, or stir-fried with fermented black beans and pork. Immature leaves and shoots are also edible and delicious when quick fried or leaves can also be used to make tea. Recommended as a healthy food by the American Diabetic Association.
Tips From Our Gardeners
"If you are struggling with low germination rates, try scarifying the seed coat by snipping the very outer edge of the seed in order to allow more water inside."
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