Bitter Melon

Bitter Melon - Seeds & Bulbs

Bitter Melon - Fu Qwa, Foo-Gwa

The bitter flavor of bitter melon (also called Balsam Pear) is due to quinine. A taste for this flavor can be quickly acquired by adults and kids! This sharp flavor softens as it absorbs other flavors. A perfect compliment to beef, poultry, or seafood, and can be stir-fried, stewed, steamed, braised or curried. Has an unusual cooling effect when eaten in the heat of summer. When mature, melons are very showy. The attractive vine is commonly used as an ornamental. See inside the packet for cooking hints and suggestions..

Days to Maturity: 80
When to Sow Outside: Spring, a week or two after last average frost date, and after nights are no longer cool.
When to Sow Inside: 4 to 6 weeks before last frost. Seedlings don't transplant well, so use paper or peat pots.
Seed Depth: 1"
Seed Spacing: 6" to 8"
Row Spacing: Plant along a fence or trellis
Days to Emerge: 10 to 20 days
Thinning: Not necessary.

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