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Mini Bitter Gourds
Posted By: creampuff, 08-25-2008, 07:45 PM

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08-26-2008, 01:31 AM   #2
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They are soooo bitter that they had to be boiled through and through before being stewed or stir fried with black beans.

They look so fresh in your shot and the ones I can get here are usually withered brown and lacking moisture.

I preferred bottle gourds.
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My wife loves those things. I tried it once and couldn't get it to go down it was so unbelievably bitter. They look great in that shot though. Very pleasing to the eye.
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Now you have me curious. I've never heard of these before. I'll have to see if I can track some down and try them. Any serving suggestions? Now I have a good photo in my mind when I go to the market.

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Beautifully shot Denis.
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Geat shot, as usual but I really like your framing. Meant to comment on that before.. what program or software does that come from? JIMBO
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QuoteOriginally posted by LaRee Quote
Now you have me curious. I've never heard of these before. I'll have to see if I can track some down and try them. Any serving suggestions? Now I have a good photo in my mind when I go to the market.
LaRee, watch out this bitter gourds. They are very bitter.

If you go to most asian grocery stores, these are usually available in autumn or winter.

It is better to pick dark green than fresh green. Use your hands to weigh the gourds and pick the lighter ones (so less seeds).

One gourd is enough to serve 4 people usually. Watch out for the bitterness. You would need to boil this first and leach out all the strong flavour first. Then google the recipe on the net.


The fruit is believed to "reduce liver fire" in Chinese medicine. A tonic for liver and gastrointestinal tract. Some old chinese folktales belive the bitter gourds quite useful as skin remedy for pimples and eczema.

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Wow! Those things are bitter, you should of heard what they just called me! Seriously, nice shot.

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