Bitter gourd — also known as bitter gourd or Momordica charantia — is a tropical vine that belongs to the gourd family and is closely related to zucchini, squash, pumpkin, and cucumber.
It’s cultivated around the world for its edible fruit, which is considered a staple in many types of Asian cuisine.
The Chinese variety is typically long, pale green, and covered with wart-like bumps.
On the other hand, the Indian variety is more narrow and has pointed ends with rough, jagged spikes on the rind.
In addition to its sharp flavor and distinct appearance, bitter gourd has been associated with several impressive health benefits.
How to Make Bitter Melon Tea?
Bitter melon tea is quite easy to prepare, and only requires a dried bitter melon (gourd), hot water, and honey to sweeten the flavor, if desired. Most recipes call for dried bitter melon leaves or a dehydrated bitter melon itself, but you can also use a fresh bitter melon if you have one on hand. The preparation of this tea is quite unique and can be made with the leaves, seeds, and fruit since there are valuable nutrients in all three. First, chop up the dried/fresh bitter melon and thoroughly wash the slices. Then, you are ready to brew!
2 cups of dried (or fresh) bitter melon
2 cups of water (filtered)
Honey or sugar, if desired
- Step 1: Bring the water to a boil in a pot and then add the chopped bitter melon.
- Step 2: Put the lid on the pot and boil for 10 minutes at medium heat.
- Step 3: Remove from heat and allow to steep for an additional 10 minutes (no lid)
- Step 4: Strain the mixture into a teapot or glasses.
- Step 5: Add honey or sugar, if necessary, and enjoy!