Surprise to learn that bitter melon leaves are edible

@scheng1 (24970)
Singapore
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.
Stir Fry Bitter Melon Vines/Leaves with Eggs recipe: 2 big bunches of bitter melon vines/leaves: https://www.google.com/search?q=bitter+melon+leaves&rlz=1CAA...
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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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@fishtiger58 (28394)
• Momence, Illinois
25 Mar 16
@CaptAlbertWhisker How interesting, and doesn't it just figure that the melon is what keeps those folks in Okinawa living long lives. It always has to taste bad when it's good for you lol.
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@scheng1 (24970)
• Singapore
25 Mar 16
haha, I think I pass on the living to 100 part! It sure seems like torture to have bitter melon for decades just for the sake of living long. I like the nice scent of the leaves though. The scent is fresh and refreshing.
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@fishtiger58 (28394)
• Momence, Illinois
25 Mar 16
@scheng1 I think I will pass as well, I don't particularly like bitter things.
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@fishtiger58 (28394)
• Momence, Illinois
24 Mar 16
Bitter melon leaves hmmmm wonder how they taste
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@scheng1 (24970)
• Singapore
24 Mar 16
No idea. I do not like bitter melon in the first place. I surely do not want to be the first to try it.
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@fishtiger58 (28394)
• Momence, Illinois
24 Mar 16
@scheng1 Just the name bitter melon makes me shy away, not something I would want to try.
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@scheng1 (24970)
• Singapore
24 Mar 16
@fishtiger58 Bitter melon is good for those with diabetes and cancers. Since I have neither, I do not see a reason to torture myself.
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@AkoPinay (9838)
• Philippines
26 Mar 16
Yes it very common to us Filipinos as veggie and as herbal remedy for infant's cough
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@scheng1 (24970)
• Singapore
26 Mar 16
Is it? I am quite surprised that infants can take the bitterness. I think the parents will have to force down the bitter leaves.
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@AkoPinay (9838)
• Philippines
27 Mar 16
@rakski (2593)
• Philippines
30 Mar 16
bittergourd? oh yes, we eat it here in our country in a vegetable soup. good for the body and yummy also.
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@scheng1 (24970)
• Singapore
30 Mar 16
Do you eat the leaves too? Bittergourd is common in our dishes but not the leaves.
@marlina (56978)
• Canada
24 Mar 16
Not on my list of things to try!
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• Calgary, Alberta
25 Mar 16
Bittermelon is actually delicious but there is a hard process to remove the bitterness.
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@youless (84655)
• 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.
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@scheng1 (24970)
• Singapore
25 Mar 16
I like sweet potato leaves but I will pass on the bitter melon leaves. I do not mind the small bitter melons which are about the size of an egg or smaller. These are great when stir fried with eggs. They are not bitter.
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@Corbin5 (69855)
• United States
24 Mar 16
Retirees do have a lot of good advice and so glad you took the time to benefit from their wisdom!
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@scheng1 (24970)
• Singapore
24 Mar 16
That does not mean I always take their advice. I have no liking for bitter melon, and definitely do not want to have the leaves for dinner.
• Philippines
29 Mar 16
I'd rather eat carrots, tomatoes, cabbage, ginger and potatoes on daily basis. no need for this thing.