1 bitter gourd/melon
4 celery ribs
1 and a half cup parsley
2 cups spinach
Technically known as “Momordica charantia”, varieties of the bitter gourd are known by different names around the world, including Balsam Pear, Bitter Melon and Karela in Hindi.
In Nigeria, it is known as :
Ejinrin Wewe in Yoruba
Daddagu in Hausa
Iliahia in Igala
kakayi in Igbo
In parts of Nigeria and South Africa, people drink a glass of bitter gourd juice in the morning to help strengthen the immune system and increase the body’s fighting power against infection.
In the Amazon, local people and indigenous tribes grow bitter melon for food and medicine.
The fruit and/or leaves are parboiled first with a pinch of salt to remove some of the bitter taste and then added to beans and soup for a bitter or sour flavor.
Bitter gourd is a popular vegetable in India well known for it`s ability to lower blood glucose in diabetics.
Bitter gourd has been used to treat diabetes in traditional medicine and is now commercially available as tea (from fruits or leaves), juice, extracts, and pills.
Patients deficient in the glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase gene should avoid consumption of bitter melon preparations due to the presence of vicine in the seeds.
Documented adverse reactions include stimulating menstruation and inducing abortion. Avoid use.