Definition of bitter melon in US English:

bitter melon

(also bitter gourd)


  • 1A rough-skinned, green-colored unripe fruit used in Asian cooking and for its medicinal properties.

    • ‘Or substitute bitter melon juice, found in Asian groceries.’
    • ‘A family friend told us that bitter melon could help reduce blood sugar.’
    • ‘Twenty-five diabetes patients were treated at the Canton College of Traditional Chinese Medicine with dried bitter melon slices; 250g dried bitter melon slices boiled in water each day.’
    • ‘The bag of bitter melon I bought this time included a funky one with a bright red color inside, and a cotton-like part surrounding the seeds.’
    • ‘Do you know any Chinese restaurants in L.A. that serve bitter melon (ku gua)?’
    • ‘A foot away from a trellis of bitter melon is a duck's coop.’
    • ‘The recommended dose of bitter melon depends on the form it is being consumed.’
    • ‘More human studies are needed before garlic, bitter melon, soy and fenugreek supplements can be recommended for the management of diabetes, although chromium may be a promising treatment in some cases.’
    • ‘I've heard that bitter melon can lower blood sugar but that it may elevate blood pressure.’
    • ‘I have heard that bitter melon can be used to treat type - 2 diabetes.’
    • ‘A well-known Sundanese dish is lalapan, which consists only of raw vegetables, such as papaya leaves, cucumber, eggplant, and bitter melon.’
    • ‘Another dish for dinner today: goya champuru, or stir fry bitter melon with tofu - one of Japan's favorite dishes originated in Okinawa.’
    • ‘The owner told us his mum always used to hassle him when he was a kid ‘Eat your bitter melon up, its good for you!’’
    • ‘I know we're all supposed to have moved on to bitter melon or Mongolian squid pot or fake dog meat or something, but I've been feeling a little nostalgic for good old moo shoo pork.’
    • ‘In, on occasion, went something fresh, and therefore flagrantly illegal: a bumpy, bright green bitter melon, or bay leaves from my uncle's garden.’
    • ‘Momordica charantia, also known as bitter melon, balsam pear, or karela, has been referred to as both a vegetable and a fruit, and is widely cultivated in Asia, Africa, and South America.’
    • ‘This supplement contains Gymnema sylvestre, bitter melon and ginseng and is said to help support healthy blood sugar levels.’
  • 2The tropical vine that produces bitter melons.

    Momordica charantia, family Cucurbitaceae

    • ‘Bitter melon grows in tropical areas, including parts of East Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, and South America.’
    • ‘Bitter melon is an annual plant growing to 2 m tall.’
    • ‘Grow bitter melon as you would grow cantaloupe or honeydew melons.’