Momordica charantia, known as bitter melon, bitter gourd, bitter squash, patrick or balsam-pear in English, has many other local names. Goya from Okinawan and karela from Sanskrit are also used by English-language speakers.
It is a tropical and subtropical vine of the family Cucurbitaceae, widely grown in Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean for its edible fruit, which is extremely bitter. Its many varieties differ substantially in the shape and bitterness of the fruit.
Bitter in taste, but has amazing health benefits as mentioned below:
Type II Diabetes
Some studies have shown that bitter melon lowers blood sugar through increased metabolism of glucose. Drink one cup daily.As with any changes to your diet, be sure you consult you physician. Stop use if you’re experiencing abdominal pain, diarrhea, or fever. Monitor blood sugar regularly and adjust medications as necessary, with the assistance of your doctor.