Bittermelon, also called Balsam Pear or Bitter Gourd, is an edible pod vegetable that grows from a tropical vine. Among the most bitter of all culinary vegetables, it is combined with sweet, spicy, and savory ingredients to create a well-rounded dish. Bittermelon also has hypoglycemic actions of potential benefit in diabetes treatment. The Indian Bittermelon, called Karela, is a dark green variety with pointy ends and jagged ridges.
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