Other Names: Papara, Strange apple, Momordica charantina, Balsam apple, Momordica
Botanical Information: From the Cucurbitaceae family; It is a climbing, thin-stemmed, annual plant. The leaves are stalked and pieces like hand. When the fruit ripens, they separate from each other. The fruits are 8-15 cm long, 4-10 cm wide, protruding and pointed towards the ends. The fruit, which is green at first, then gradually turns yellow and finally golden yellow as it matures, and it contains 20-30 dark red bean-like seeds. in home remedies, it used mixed with olive oil.
Places where it is grown: It is thought to be native to eastern India and is also grown in tropical regions of Africa and Asia, as well as in Mediterranean countries such as Turkey and Italy. It is generally grown around Yalova and Bursa in Turkey.
Collection and Storage: The fruits collected in autumn can be eaten fresh or their seeds can be used to make bitter gourd oil or paste.
It permanently and definitively treats all diseases related to the gastrointestinal system such as colitis, ulcer, 12-finger ring, gastritis, and excess acid.
It supports the liver.
It benefits eczema and psoriasis.
It relieves wounds and inflammations.
It eliminates intestinal laziness.
It benefits uterine wounds.
Its poultice is good for burns and wounds.
It also contains high amounts of vitamin E and quality protein.
For fresh fruit: Might melon can be consumed by mixing the ripe ones with honey. The fruit, which matures and turns melon-colored, is crushed in a plate, mixed with some honey and eaten 1 tablespoon on an empty stomach in the morning. Nothing is used on it.
When there is no fresh one: The bitter melon, whose seeds are cleaned, is chopped into small pieces and then mixed with a kilo of honey. The mixture, which is kept closed for about a month, can be slightly watered. It may be unsafe for diabetic patients to take this mixture, so it is more appropriate to use it with olive oil. Olive oil absorbs the factors in the fruit more easily.
The bitter pomegranate, which has been kept in pure olive oil for 6 months, is placed on a plate every morning, mixed with 1 tablespoon of filtered honey, and eaten on an empty stomach. Ripe fruits are placed in a jar with olive oil. The sealed jar is kept for a month. It is then recommended to take it on an empty stomach before meals. Depending on the severity of the patient’s illness, one spoon can be taken on an empty stomach before three meals a day.
For External Use:
It is used for burns, cuts and wounds.
The bitter melon soaked in olive oil, which women also use for vaginal wounds, is known as the fastest healer for open wounds.
It also has healing properties in skin diseases such as eczema and wounds.