bitter gourd

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Powerful medicinal properties. Smelly. Popular in Asian markets. Do not eat raw. Edible when green and boiled twice, but toxic when orange and ripe. Being used in studies for leukemia, cancer, AIDS, diabetes. Can drop blood sugar rapidly, so diabetics or hypoglycemics pay attention. Do not take if pregnant or trying to get pregnant. Leaves edible if cooked and drained. Can be juiced when green after boiling twice. When the fruit is turning from green to orange, open it up and notice the seeds are coated in red fleshy stuff. You can eat this red coating, BUT NOT THE SEEDS or the outer shell of the plant- only the red fleshy seed covers. This may seem too scary for most, but the motivating factor is that the red fleshy seed coating is almost completely LYCOPENE! This is serious healing power (especially prostate) Remember to spit out the seeds. You can eat the red seed coating raw without having to cook the plant first. But while the plant is green, you can eat the whole thing, seeds and everything if you boil it twice, changing water after first time.
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The vegetables included brinjal, tomato, capsicum, chilli, cabbage, cauliflower, coriander, cucumber, green peas, bitter gourd and okra.
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1) Paga Pae, a galactogogue employed over a large part of central Nage, comprises rice (pae) cooked into a porridge or gruel, and both the fruit and leaves of the Bitter gourd (paga) Momordica charantia.
Afterwards they're given nourishing treats of brinjal, snake and bitter gourd and cucumber skewered on bamboo sticks and everyone sings to tempt them into eating, stroking their necks and cooing to them.
The garden comprises all the plant species mentioned in the Koran and those in the Hadith and the Sunnah; these plant species belong to three main ecological groups: desert plants, including bitter gourd, tamarisk, Christ's thorn, toothbrush tree, senna, henna and camel's hay; Mediterranean plants : olive, common grape vine, fig tree, wheat, barley, black cumin, mustard, saffron, safflower, onion, garlic, watermelon and pomegranate; and tropical plants : agallocum, wild ginger and camphor tree.
Vegetables like cauliflower, ladyfinger, bitter gourd, cabbage etc grown by the farmers of Hadikhola, Bajrabarahi, and Chitlang Village Development Committees are becoming casualties of the Maoist strike.