Bitter Melon Seeds

Also known as Bitter Gourd, Balsam Pear, Ku Gua, and Foo Gwah. Bitter Gourd is one of the most popular vegetables in China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Thailand, India and the Philippines.

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Also known as Bitter Gourd, Balsam Pear, Ku Gua, and Foo Gwah. Bitter Gourd is one of the most popular vegetables in China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Thailand, India and the Philippines. Bitter Gourd, also called Bitter Melon, has an acquired taste. The plant is grown mainly for the immature green fruits although the young leaves and tips are edible.

Bitter melon can be stewed, curried, steamed, braised, pickled or cooked with scrambled eggs. The bitterness is tempered by cooking and served with yogurt on the side. Though not for everyone, many people who try bitter melon for the first time love the flavor. It is rich in iron, contains twice the beta-carotene of broccoli, twice the calcium of spinach, and twice the potassium of banana. Bitter melon is also used in Chinese cooking for its bitter flavor, typically in stir-fries, soups, dim sum, and herbal teas.

Michigan Seeds grown on our farm Renegade Acres in Howell, MI!

Certified Organic by Oregon Tilth.

Additional Info

Botanical Name Momordica charantia
Life Cycle Annual
Min. Time to Germinate 8 Days
Max. Time to Germinate 10 Days
Depth to Sow Seeds 1/2 in.
When to Sow Indoors 6-8 weeks before last spring frost
Growing Height 10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
Plant Spacing 18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
Hardiness USDA Zone 9b: to 30F, USDA Zone 10a: to 35F, USDA Zone 10b: to 40F, USDA Zone 11a: to 45F, USDA Zone 11b: to 50F
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Danger Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Growth Habit Vines & Climbers
Soil pH Requirements 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic), 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral), 7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
Days to Harvest 80-90
Propagation Methods From seed; direct sow after last frost, From seed; sow indoors before last frost
Seed Collecting Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds
Seeds Per Pack 15