Momordica comprises about 40 species, the majority of which are African. The fruits of several wild species are consumed as a vegetable, whereas several others are used in traditional medicine. Bitter Gourd is one of the most popular vegetables in Southeast Asia and China. It was first found growing in India.

Green Skin

Local Thai

6in diameter, 9in long


Fruits are pear-shaped or oblong, grow 10-15 cm (4-6 in) in length, and turn from green to orange when ripe.