Also known as karavella, bitter melon is used by local Turks for various stomach and intestinal disorders including ulcers, colitis, constipation, and intestinal worms. It is also used for diabetes, kidney stones, fever, psoriasis, and liver disease. Taken orally, it truly is bitter tasting though some Indian and Chinese recipes attempt to disguise the flavor with heavy spices, and the truly queasy can take it in a powder form. When applied topically, bitter gourd is preserved in an olive oil solution and is available from the local Friday farmer’s market. Check it off on your provisioning preferences and we’ll have some on board for you.
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