Bitter melon comes by its name honestly - this Asian gourd is known for its bitter, acerbic taste. But never mind its unusual taste - bitter melon has plenty of fans, partly due to its rumored health benefits (it's used in Asian medicine to treat everything from poor appetite to high blood sugar levels). Also, there are many people like myself who, after trying it a few times, come to enjoy its strong flavor. Here are several bitter melon recipes for you to try, including Chinese pork with bitter melon (pictured in the photo) and an Indian sweet and sour dish.
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