Bitter gourd, bitter squash, or balsam-pear, is a tropical and subtropical vine of the family Cucurbitaceae, widely grown in Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean for its edible fruit. Its many varieties differ substantially in the shape and bitterness of the fruit.
Usage: Bitter gourd juice contains a train of important nutrients ranging from iron, magnesium and vitamin to potassium and vitamin C. An excellent source of dietary fiber, it also contains twice the calcium of spinach, beta-carotene of broccoli, and the potassium of a banana.
Consuming 62 gram of bitter gourd offers 20.5 mg of Vitamin C, 32 µg of Vitamin B9, 0.48 mg of Zinc, 198 mg of Potassium, 1.2 g of Total dietary Fiber, 22 mg of Phosphorus, 0.24 mg of Iron and 0.032 mg of Vitamin B1. Calories 12 Kcal. Calories from Fat 0.99 Kcal.
Calories: 12 Kcal./cup
Scientific Name: Momordica charantia
Major nutrients: Vitamin C (22.78%); Vitamin B9