Chinese Bitter Melon

Chinese Bitter Melon

Regular price $2.85 $0.00 Unit price per
    Open pollinated. Heirloom.
    • 65 days.
    • These waxy bitter fruits are an important accent flavor in Chinese cuisine. The key to proper preparation is to blanch for 2 to 3 minutes so that the bitter flavor can gently enhance the taste of the other foods in the dish.
    • Plants are very rambling vines, small leaved and will screen a trellis or arbor.
    •  Harvest Chinese Bitter Melon when green to yellow and firm.

    Planting Directions:  Sow seed in spring when the ground is warm, 60°minimum, 95° maximum, and all danger of frost has past.  Plant 6-8 seeds 1” deep in hills that are spaced 4’ apart.  Thin plants leaving the 3 strongest in each hill.  Well rotted manure mixed into bottom of each hill will stimulate growth and increase yield.  Plant in full sun.