Surprise to learn that bitter melon leaves are edible
March 24, 2016 8:48am CST
Recently I have time to chat with the group of retirees in charge of the community garden near my house. I sure am surprised to learn that long bean leaves are edible, and that bitter melon (or bitter gourd) leaves are also edible. They have really opened my eyes to new ways to save on food. They let me pluck the sweet potato leaves for dinner too! That is an added benefit of spending time talking to them, and helping them with the watering.
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• Calgary, Alberta
24 Mar 16
@fishtiger58 The bittermelon fruit is a bitter tasting vegetable, It's leaves are less bitter. Let's say it is like spinach but more bitter. It works well with sauteed mungbeans with pork or shrimp. If American kids, Hate broccoli, Asian kids hates bittermelon. That fruit though is the reason why people in Okinawa can live up to 100 years or more.
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• Guangzhou, China
24 Mar 16
In fact I don't like eating the bitter melon since they are bitter. I have never liked bitter food. I know it is a healthy vegetable but the taste is still much more important for me so far. As to the bitter melon leaves, we have never eaten them. But it is common for us to eat the sweet potato leaves. It tastes well. My husband said that in the village in the past the farmers fed the pigs with the sweet potato leaves. Now it is changed. We like eating the sweet potato leaves and it is helpful for digestion.