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balsam pear

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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So where does Panelo get off comparing an ampalaya (himself) to an apple (Clooney)?
The bitter taste of ampalaya compounded by the certainty that after the drought will come to the floods, then the prices of salad greens will touch the sky, dry as it is.
Other regions, meanwhile, supply pinakbet vegetables such as eggplant, ampalaya, pechay and sitao.
'You can cook it with coconut milk, add muscuvado organic sugar to make a perfect snack or cook it with fish sauce either with malunggay leaves or ampalaya to come up with a delicious dish, ' she said.
Canguin said farmers may plant ampalaya instead, the same strategy they took to tide them over in 2010, because Angat could not serve their needs.
" Andrea, okra o ampalaya? "Okra." Francine, rice or bread?
Nutritionists aver that 100 grams of malunggay leaves yield the following: 75 calories of energy (higher than ampalaya, squash, tomatoes or carrots), 5.9 grams protein (higher than cauliflower, lettuce or mustard), 12.8 grams carbohydrate (higher than okra, papaya or watermelon), 353 milligrams calcium (higher than gabi leaves, mung beans, squash and camote tops), 3.7 milligrams niacin (higher than other vegetables analyzed).
Tumulak read 'Ang Ampalaya sa Pinggan ni Peepo' ('The Bitter Gourd on Peepo's Plate'), which was written by Joachim Antonio and illustrated by Pergylene Acuna.
Another curiously textural vegetable dish was dinuyduy or pureed squash on a sauteed bitter gourd, where the sweetness of squash was balanced by the bitter flavors of ampalaya. A hearty kare-kare was the final course, creatively given a crispy twist by using bagnet instead of the usual oxtail or tripe.
He said production areas for pinakbet products like eggplants, tomatoes, ampalaya, okra, siling haba, upo and patola stand at 1,000 hectares.