Bitter gourd (big)

Vegetable Description

Other Common names: Bitter melon, Bitter cucumber. Local names: Kakarakai, Karela. 

Bitter gourd belong to the Cucurbitaceae family, it is a vine plant that gives a nutritional green vegetable. It is a healthy vegetable in the world that has been used in many health problems for a long time. Bitter gourd contain non-toxic glycoside momordicin, which give bitterness to it and said to be good for stomach.


Raw bitter gourd contains a variety of vitamins like Vitamin A, C, Thiamine (B1), Riboflavin(B2), Niacin (B3), Folate(B9) and many minerals like Calcium, Iron, Potassium, Zinc, Phosphorous, Magnesium.

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