About Bitter MelonThe bitterest member of the gourd family, bitter melon is a popular vegetable in south asia from India northward to China.
Cooking Bitter MelonSlice bitter melon in 1/4" slices (as a cucumber). Then sautee with onions and garlic as a most basic recipe.
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SERVING SIZE: 1/2 c
SPECIES: Momordica charantia
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TRADITIONALLY INDICATED FOR THESE SYMPTOMSBitter Melon may be beneficial for these symptoms. The suitability of any food for a condition is highly dependent on the individual. Please see your doctor before using this food to treat a medical condition.
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About the AuthorJohn Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda biocharacteristics. His approach to Ayurveda is clinical, yet exudes an ease which many find enjoyable and insightful. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda, offering professional clinical training in Ayurveda for over 15 years.
John's interest in Ayurveda and specialization in digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, as well as public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well. Outside of work, John enjoys spending time with his wife and 6 kids, and pursuing his love of theology, philosophy, and language.
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Just bought a bitter melon; started nibbling on it on my way home from the grocery store as I had a really strong urge to eat it. At home ,washed and sliced it in to sticks- like celery sticks- and ate it as is with artichoke and asiago dip (I do realize it is a bad choice). I am Pitta, overweight. Am I in trouble? My friend, who is (skinny)diabetic, drinks bitter melon/green apple/celery juice -freshly squeezed -every day. Thank you.