Nature has gifted incredible qualities in certain species. Bitter gourds or bitter melons are one of such species which contain innumerable health benefits and healing properties. Scientifically termed as momordica charantia, it is an edible fruit of tropical and subtropical vine of the family cucurbitaceae. The family also includes other trailing or climbing plants like pumpkin, squash, cucumber, etc. A native to tropical and sub-tropical regions, bitter gourds are widely grown in South and Southeast Asia, China, Africa, and the Caribbean.
This bitter edible fruit has been used for innumerable purposes by many cultures of the world.