Melon - Bitter
Bitter melon — also known as bitter gourd— is a long, slender, tropical vine, closely related to zucchini, squash, pumpkin, and cucumber family. A staple in many types of Asian cuisine.
The usable part of the bitter melon is the green, bumpy outside part. It's a good surprise to cut open a bitter melon to find the insides have begun to turn red. The texture is a little like a roasted red pepper and it is sweet and edible. If allowed to ripen, it turns into a bright yellow sweet fruit!
Cut the ends off the bitter melon and cut in half lengthwise (do not peel). Remove the seeds and pith from the middle of the melon with a small spoon. Cut the melon diagonally into 1/4-inch slices. Place the sliced bitter melon in the boiling water and parboil until it is just tender, about 2 to 3 minutes, then drain.