Friday, July 20, 2007
Why Bitter Gourd?
When we were at the asian market, Rosie pointed out the beauty and numberous nutritional benefits of bitter gourd and that her two teenage boys drink bitter gourd juice every morning. You should have seen how my face contorted with that thought in mind. I do not like anything bitter, and had successfully avoided the occasional dish of bitter gourd at the table when I was growing up. Then she added that she also blend in other vegetables and fruits in her bitter gourd juice. Okay, but that still didn't help with the bitter taste in my mind. I should have foreseen what was coming up next when she recommended that I try some now that I am not a kid anymore and technically I should be able to handle the bitter taste. Yeah, right! I told her I am not fond of bitter gourd, but she insisted that her way of cooking will help with the bitterness. So, I agreed to trying this long, green, funny looking vegetable.
The verdict? I can now say that I had one healthy helping of bitter gourd in my life. No doubt I was consciously hiding it in my rice and other dishes before consuming it, I did eat it. Her way of cooking bitter gourd makes it crunchy and tasty. It's still bitter, but bearable (maybe she's right, and my taste buds are not as sharp as when I was a kid.) I think it's definitely an acquired taste, and I am not there yet. Maybe when I am much, much older and my taste buds leave me. HA!
For anyone interest in the many health benefits of bitter gourd or bitter melon, click here for Wikipedia's description and definition. From what I am told, it's great for anyone with diabetes.