Bitter gourd, balsam pear pharmacy on a fence – eat the weeds and other things, too itchy skin patches on body

The latin genus name, momordica, (mo-MOR-dee-ka) means “to bite,” and refers to the jagged edges of the leaves, which appear as if they have been bitten. Charantia (char-AN-tee-ah) the species’ name, comes from greek meaning beautiful flower. It’s native to tropical regions of the world though no itchy skin patches on body one knows where it came from originally, best guess old world tropics. Gray’s four-inch thick manual of botany, started in 1850 and revised in 1950, makes no mention of M. Charantia in the united states but it is currently a itchy skin patches on body serious crop weed in florida and to 21 other crops itchy skin patches on body around the world, bananas to soybeans. It’s a late comer to florida or gray was in itchy skin patches on body the dark about it. In the amazon, and as far away as india, it is used very much by local populations for food itchy skin patches on body and medicine. Apparently a dynamic chemical factory, the M. Charantia is being tested for treatment against cancer — leukemia in particular — AIDS, as an analgesic, and to moderate insulin resistance. It is often called the vegetable insulin. It does not increase insulin secretion but “speeds up carbohydrate use of the cells by affecting membrane itchy skin patches on body lipids.” seems like the smelly gym shoe hanging on the fence itchy skin patches on body has a great future. But, it is not for everyone: don’t eat the vegetable if you’re hypoglycemic or pregnant. In diabetics it can lower blood sugar too effectively. It also reduces fertility in men and women. And, it contains vicine: that can cause favism in people who have a variant itchy skin patches on body glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase. (I presume if you don’t know what that is you don’t have it. Favism is a severe reaction to fava beans and or itchy skin patches on body their pollen. Occurs most often in men of mediterranean background.)

While I have never seen an asian family picking M. Charantia off local fences here in florida, I have seen many hispanic families doing so. Dr. Julia morton, a plant professor in south florida, says besides the green fruit, the young leaves when cooked and drained are also edible itchy skin patches on body and nutritious, with iron, phosphorous, calcium and vitamin C. I have never managed to get past the locker room itchy skin patches on body bouquet to toss ‘em in a pot. The ripe fruit pulp has been used as a soap itchy skin patches on body substitute, which should give you some idea of the flavor. In india and africa the cooked leaves are canned like itchy skin patches on body spinach. The fragrant flowers can be used as seasoning when cooking.

Incidentally, if you have a glut of green bitter gourds, you can slice them, partially boil them with salted water, then dry them, sun or otherwise. They will last for several months. You can then fry them and use as you like. Also, drinking the fresh bitter juice is recommended by some naturopaths. That ain’t going to be easy, it’s really bitter…. Much easier to tell someone to do it than doing itchy skin patches on body it yourself. Also there is one report that drinking vine juice killed itchy skin patches on body a child. Caution is called for.

REMEMBER: from my point of view as a forager no part itchy skin patches on body of the momordica charantia is to be eaten raw except itchy skin patches on body for the red arils (and remember to spit the seeds out.) no part, other than the arils, is to be eaten when ripe which is when it itchy skin patches on body is turning from green to yellow to orange. Do not eat the yellow or orange fruit raw or itchy skin patches on body cooked. It is medicinal and or toxic. That said let me qualify it some: I have met folks who eat the orange flesh raw itchy skin patches on body and cooked but they have various medical goals which is itchy skin patches on body beyond my pay grade and expertise. For that visit some herbalists publications or sites. Lastly, the green fruit is suspected in the poisoning of dogs itchy skin patches on body and pigs.

Relatives: momordica balsamina, which has longer spines on the fruit and can ripen itchy skin patches on body to red, grows only in st. Lucie county in florida and only a smattering of places itchy skin patches on body in the southern U.S. M. Balsamina fruit can be pickled or after soaking used as itchy skin patches on body a cooked vegetable. Young shoots and tendrils are boiled as a green. The seeds are eaten in cooked young fruit. Momordica cochinchinensis produces a huge round fruit that is red itchy skin patches on body when ripe. Young fruit boiled, not as bitter as M. Charantia. Momordica dioica, small and roundish , is more esteemed than the rest. It is not bitter but sweet. Fruits, shoots, leaves and roots are boiled for food. There are also at least seven commercial cultivars of the itchy skin patches on body momordica gourds green deane’s “itemized” plant profile

IDENTIFICATION: momordica charantia: A slender, climbing annual vine to 18 feet with long-stalked leaves and yellow flowers where the leaf meets the itchy skin patches on body stem. Young fruit emerald green turning to orange when ripe. At maturity, fruit splits into three irregular parts that curl backwards showing itchy skin patches on body many reddish-brown or white seeds encased in scarlet arils.

METHOD OF PREPARATION: none of it ripe except the arils. Boiled green fruit (including seeds) leaves and shoots, boiled twice. Or, cut open and remove seeds and fiber and parboil. Ripe parts toxic are too bitter to eat. (an adult can swallow hole two ripe seed and not itchy skin patches on body have much distress.) young leaves and shoots are boiled and eaten as a itchy skin patches on body potherb. Flowers used as seasoning. HERB BLURB

In japan these are quite a common food. Originating in okinawa the people there eat them like fruit. In other parts or japan people cook them. I just pick em from my garden and eat em itchy skin patches on body off the plant raw green yellow or orange. I highly doubt they are toxic and that sounds like itchy skin patches on body misinformation or disinformation. Remember garlic is toxic and that’s exactly why it is so healthy for you. Also digesting a toxic substance is extremely different from having itchy skin patches on body it put directly into your blood stream. In the example of garlic the toxins kills germs and itchy skin patches on body viruses in your body. So where-ever you got your sources from about orange bittermelon being itchy skin patches on body toxic you should double check from a different source, and also see if the effect of those toxins are itchy skin patches on body beneficial or harmful. I see eat it like I or many others do. Many extremely healthy benificial toxins are attacked by the media itchy skin patches on body in order to scare people and keep them sick so itchy skin patches on body the medical industry can make big bucks. Examples are apricot, apple peach pits, seeds because they have an anti cancer agent vitamin B-17 medically concentrated it’s called laetrille. This cures cancer the trillion dollar industry say it’s dangerous because it has cyanide but that cyanide is itchy skin patches on body bound to other elements and only separates at the cancer itchy skin patches on body tumour where it dissolves it. Reply

And there are other things that are weirdly uneven in itchy skin patches on body their toxicity. I have read that both true lilies (lilium) and daylilies (hemerocallis) are remarkably toxic, and frequently fatal, to cats, but as-yet the exact chemical constituent is unidentified despite considerable effort itchy skin patches on body (can I post links here?). Since both are staples of salads and stir-fries, I worry about sharing a “lick-off” with my darling furrface. I have also read that ONIONS, whether cooked or raw, are toxic to dogs (DOGS? I thought they ate ANYTHING!). I recall an article listing a fatality due to a itchy skin patches on body dropped bag of frozen onion-rings. Also, I dimly remember horses being poisoned during wartime by being itchy skin patches on body fed onion “culls.” and we all know that chocolate is toxic to pets itchy skin patches on body (and chickens), probably due to the theobromine, which is a very similar chemical to the theophylline in itchy skin patches on body tea and the caffeine in coffee. Cola is similar. Many asians have a hard time with alcohol (“alcohol flush reaction”) because of a particular enzyme make-up controlled by genetics. Reply

I have had a similar experience when using a tea itchy skin patches on body made with the vine for insect bites. I do a lot of gardening in central florida. I frequently get bites from spiders and other insects. I was introduced to the tea by a lady whose itchy skin patches on body grandmother was from mexico. She said it was a common remedy for insect bites itchy skin patches on body and itchy problems. I decided to try it myself after several days of itchy skin patches on body trying benadryl, vinegar, alcohol, witch hazel, lidocaine, etc. To stop the awful itching of some (what I suspect were) spider bites on my neck area. I tied a big handful of the vine in cheese itchy skin patches on body cloth and boiled it in a gallon of water, then turned the heat off and let it steep until itchy skin patches on body cool. I poured it into a clean jug and put it itchy skin patches on body in the refrigerator. It will develop bacteria if it isn’t refrigerated. Anyway, it worked like a miracle when I applied it to itchy skin patches on body the bites before bedtime. The next day the itching started again after my shower itchy skin patches on body so I applied some more and once again the itching itchy skin patches on body stopped. I am now bringing it to my gardening friends. I wonder what compounds in the plant could be responsible itchy skin patches on body for this result? Reply

I’m asian and LOVE bitter melon. But I stopped eating it for a while bc I itchy skin patches on body developed a condition where my insulin was so high it itchy skin patches on body was causing blood sugar crashes. So one day I consumed a lot of cooked bitter itchy skin patches on body melon and it immediately brought my blood sugar down too itchy skin patches on body low. I was pretty scared, so have been reframing from eating it until three months itchy skin patches on body ago. I made a dish with beef and sour cherry tomatoes itchy skin patches on body (stir fried) and it was awesome! I ate in moderate amounts this time and was fine. My husband and I usually think it’s a plus when the bitter melon is just turning itchy skin patches on body a bit yellow, that means that it’s sweetened up a bit and less bitter. We never consume the seeds. In our hmong culture people have been eating it for itchy skin patches on body centuries, and there has never been a warning about it causing itchy skin patches on body miscarriages. Although I know bitter melon has that warming in india itchy skin patches on body and america. You can chop the green mature bitter melon into slices itchy skin patches on body and freeze it. Though it carries a lot of water when you thaw itchy skin patches on body it, you can squish it out like frozen spinach and use itchy skin patches on body it. It retains its shape. Reply

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