Bitter Gourd

The Chinese bitter gourd might best be described as Thai cuisine’s Brussels sprouts. Nobody really likes the taste, but they eat it anyway because it’s supposed to be good for you. The taste truly lives up to its name, so much so that it’s almost intolerable to most westerners.

Bitter Gourd

The Chinese bitter gourd might best be described as Thai cuisine's Brussels sprouts. Nobody really likes the taste, but they eat it anyway because it's supposed to be good for you. The taste truly lives up to its name, so much so that it's almost intolerable to most westerners. The plant has been known in Europe since the eighteenth century, although it is generally only used as a decorative vine. The gourd is a long light green squash relative with a curiously wrinkled outer skin.

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