Family Name: Cucurbitaceae
Botanical Name(s): Momordica Charantia
Popular Name(s): Balsam Pear, Bitter Melon
Parts Used: Fruit
Habitat: It is a native of East Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and
Description: It is a green cucumber shaped fruit with gourd-like
bumps all over it. It looks like an ugly, light green cucumber. The
fruit should be firm, like a cucumber.
Uses: It is used, for a dazzling array of conditions, by people
in tropical regions. Numerous infections, cancer, leukemia, and diabetes
are among the most common conditions it is believed to improve.