Bitter Melon

DESCRIPTION: True to its name, bitter melon is bitter, very bitter. Interestingly, most bitter vegetables are extremely good for you. So, if only for medicinal purposes, we should all give bitter melon a try. And maybe, you'll come to love it---it has certainly grown on me! Bitter melon lowers blood sugar levels and is high in antioxidants. It has twice the beta carotene of broccoli, twice the calcium of spinach and is notably high in numerous vitamins and minerals. Below you'll find a farmer's simple recipe for bitter melon. Lei Say, one of our CSA farmers, likes to cut off the stem end, use a spoon to scoop out the seeds, stuff the cavity with well-seasoned ground meat and onions, and steam them whole for 30 minutes or until just tender. Last year, Vimalas bought some bitter melon from our farmers and made a delicious chutney with it and stewed tomatoes.

RECIPE:  Paw Moo's Stir-Fried Bitter Melon and Egg - serves 4

Take a bitter melon or two and half lengthwise, remove all the seeds, and slice each half into small pieces. Thinly slice an onion. Beat 4-6 eggs in a bowl with a splash of soy sauce and salt and pepper. Heat a skillet or work over high heat add sesame or peanut oil. Add the onion and saute for a minute. Add the bitter melon and saute for another minute.Add a dash of soy sauce and saute until tender (several minutes). Pour the eggs over the bitter melon and onion and stir until just cooked. Serve over rice with hot sauce.

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