This tiny variety from Thailand (formerly Siam) has a potent bitter flavor and is an excellent choice for those seeking the medicinal benefits of this unique superfruit. Bitter melon has been revered in Eastern traditional medicine as a panacea for digestion and blood sugar issues for centuries. Considered a cooling food in Eastern medicine, bitter melon is consumed in the hot weather to offset external temperature extremes. This semi-wild variety from Thailand is quite ornamental.
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