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About bitter melons

Melons bring out the best in us. They are a sweet, delicious, and healthy tropical fruit enjoyed almost universally across the world. Many people probably think first of the watermelon, cantaloupe, and honeydew when contemplating the melon category. Interestingly, though, melons are an incredibly diverse fruit, with many different varieties favored by consumers in different countries.

Some melons don't necessarily really look like melons. Take, for instance, the bitter melon. Its shape, color, and skin texture almost suggest a relationship to the cucumber. Bite into a bitter melon, though, and you are in for a juicy treat that will provide you with significant sources of different vitamins and minerals. Let's take a look at the bitter melon, so you know what to consider on your next shopping trip:

Grown mainly in hot and humid climates in the Caribbean, Africa, southeast Asia, and China, bitter melon is a pretty accurate description. You will notice the bitterness the moment you bite into a piece of the fruit, but that, in a way, is what makes it so delicious and healthful. The bitter melon goes by other names around the world as well: the bitter squash, balsam pear, karela, and goya. One of its main characteristics is its ugly appearance. The bitter melon is oblong with a deep green grass color and bumpy, lumpy skin.

Ugly, maybe, but the bitter melon packs quite a nutritional package. One serving gives you a day-and-a-half's worth of vitamin C, and the fruit is also rich in potassium, folate, vitamin A, and cancer-fighting phytonutrients. You won't have to take in a lot of calories, either, as the bitter melon is fairly low in calories and carbohydrates.

Bitter melon is a great choice for turning into a juice, mixing with other types of fruits and beverages to get a superfood boost to the day. It's also very popular in Chinese cuisine, where most bitter melons are grown. The fruit is a very common addition to stir-fry recipes.

Don't overlook breakfast, either. Some intrepid cooks offer ways to mix bitter melons with peppers and other vegetables into a mixture with scrambled eggs. And, in case you were wondering, yes, you can also eat bitter melon as a snack. Just make sure to peel away the waxy skin first.

One interesting tip that you can try: Some advise letting the bitter melon sit for about 30 to 45 minutes before eating as a way of drawing out an intensified bitter taste.

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FAQs About Bitter Melons

Given its ancient origins, many believe bitter melons provide benefits as a dietary supplement. Eating the fruit along with the young leaves and stems is thought to assist with digestive and heart problems, fight against cancer, mitigate skin infections, and even provide anti-aging properties, such as slowing the graying of a person's hair. Some studies have suggested that the bitter melon can help lower blood sugar in connection with diabetes and lower cholesterol to aid against heart disease. 

The bitter melon, technically part of the squash family, may be one of the most unique pieces of produce you can find in your local market or grocery store. Don't let the appearance fool you. Bitter melons are a great addition to household fresh produce.

Next time you are looking to restock, consider adding some bitter melons to your shopping cart in the Instacart app. Use the app for all your grocery needs. Instacart shoppers will do the work for you, saving you time and money. We will do our best to get your items delivered the same day, but we can often get them there in as little as 2 hours! Order bitter melons from Instacart today.
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