Do you eat Bitter Melon or Bitter Gourd (a.k.a. Ampalaya)?
November 29, 2006 7:41pm CST
Do you eat Bitter Melon or Bitter Gourd (a.k.a. Ampalaya)? Ampalaya (Tagalog) or Amargozo (Aklanon). Known in the west as Chinese bitter melon or bitter gourd, ampalaya became popular in the news recently because of its putative medicinal value especially against HIV/AIDS (Compound Q). In folk medicine, the bitter this vegetable is, the more medicinal value it has. We were always reminded during elementarygrades to eat our ampalaya because it is rich in iron. It probably is. It's really an ugly looking vegetable and considered an acquired taste because of its bitterness. The smaller (or more elongate) and greener variety is more bitter than the larger (or plumper) pale green ones that are usually found in Asian-American markets (see picture). So, do you eat your Ampalaya? I do, I usually cook like like with eggs, as an omelet or as a salad (with onions and tomatoes). Once you get used to it, it's not that bitter anymore. You should try it.
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10 Dec 06
The truth is I don't eat any vegetable except corn. I know a lot of people that don't eat ampalaya but eat some other vegetables. I think eating Ampalaya is like you are in a fear factor to me. I could eat balut but Ampalaya nah! impossible!
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18 Dec 06
Many people do not like this vegetable because of its bitter taste but in my case... it is one of my favorites among the green veggies. We also call it Amargozo in my native language (Ilonggo) and its scientific name is Momordica Charantia Linn. It acquires its bitter taste from the alkaloid momordicin present in it. It has been believed to aid in the prevention of diabetes but this claims are still undergoing a thorough study. When it comes to cooking it, i also liked it as what you have mentioned but there's another way i love it cooked... the "ampalaya con carne" or beef-ampalaya.
30 Nov 06
i love to eat amplaya because it's rich in iron i can testify that because when im sick during my high school yr and they told me that im anemic.. im already started to eat till its not that bitter to me anymore. im fond eating amplaya specially when my mom cook Pinakbet..
15 Dec 06
I love ampalaya. I love to eat raw. Just slice and pu some vinegar and salt, its a good appetizer. Rich in iron and it is heelpfull when you have a diabetes. Hope you like it...Ampalaya eating challenge? just informed me..lolz
10 Dec 06
i've heard so much of the medicinal properties of ampalaya, but i never knew this has been found to treat hiv/aids as well. i know it to be rich in iron, and has properties to lower/regulate blood sugar levels. my mom eats this --- she has to because she has diabetes. my sister drinks its juice. i can't get myself to eat it, though. i don't know why. but even if it's cooked with egg and tomatoes, i still couldn't bring myself to eat it.
3 Dec 06
i do. i usually eat it with eggs. or with other veggies. my mom said it really helps if a person is anemic. i'm not really sure if there's truth in that. but i have seen food supplements containing ampalaya and it claims to cure or prevent diabetes. what i'm sure of is, it is good for our health snce its a veggie. (",)
29 Apr 07
The last time that I ate ampalaya was when I was 8yrs old. We used to have an ampalaya plant on our backyard. Anyway, that was the first, and also the last time that I ate ampalaya. I really hate the taste of it because its so bitter. Since then, I have really avoided any dishes containing ampalaya. I dont' think that I would be eating ampalaya again, trauma from childhood experince I guess, hahaha...
11 Dec 08
I didn't like to eat bitter gourd when I was young, but I don't know recently I started to like eating it. I suppose it's because I need to prepare the dish for my husband and also it's good for health, so after trying a few times, I began to like it. ^_^
17 Dec 06
Hi Jilann, You sure are an authority on bitter gourd -Ampalaya in our language- and It is a good thing that you admire this veggie. A lot of people just do not know the benefits of eating this vegetable that is abhored by those people who has not had a chance to develop a taste for it. I also eat it raw with just salt and some vinegar and a sprinkling of some really hot "sili" (chili). Uhhmmm! tasty if taken also with rice. Whenever I see it in the market, I have an urge to buy it. I would even take the time and effort to really select the best ones, and prepare it as a salad. Some say you should squeeze out the bitter juice that comes out of it, but me? Nope! I keep it to maintain the bitter flavour. I know, as you said, one has to develop the taste for it to like it.