• Scientific Name: Momordica charantia
  • Ampalaya, also known as bitter melon or bitter gourd in the USA, is a crawling vine that grows well in tropical countries, particularly in the Philippines.
  • The term Ampalaya refers to both the plant and its fruit, which is elongated, green and has a rough and rumpled skin. Read the rest of this entry »

An Ampalaya fruit which contains about 43% moisture is made up of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients.

Ampalaya is usually eaten fresh, but is also available as pickles or canned in brine. Young shoots and leaves are used in various recipes and fruits are usually salted before cooking. Read the rest of this entry »


Variety Name – DAP* – Remarks
Sta. Rita strains – 70-75 – OP
Makiling – 65-70 -OP
Sta. Isabel – 70-75 – OP
Jade star (A, L, XL) – 60-70 – F1 hybrids
Mayon – 65-70 – F1 hybrids
Million Green – 65-75 – F1 hybrids
Galaxy – 65-75 – F1 hybrids
* Days after planting Read the rest of this entry »

The Ampalaya plant, which is an attractive arbor cover or trellis, is relatively resistant to pests, and grows fast. In Florida, wild varieties grow by more than four months in summer through autumn. When temperatures remain high, wild plants usually flower and fruit throughout the year. Read the rest of this entry »

Ampalaya is dark green and looks a bit like a cucumber or zucchini with warts. A member of the family Cucurbitaceae, momordicus is the Latin word for bitter. Read the rest of this entry »

The presence of momordicines in Ampalaya, which is responsible for its bitter taste, can enhance the flavor of other ingredients. It is a monoecious crop, which means it produces male and female flowers. Read the rest of this entry »

Scientific classification of Ampalaya

Family: Cucurbitaceae
Genus: Momordica
Species: charantia
Synonyms: Momordica chinensis, M. elegans, M. indica, M. operculata, M. sinensis, Sicyos fauriei Common Names: bitter melon, papailla, melao de sao caetano, bittergourd, balsam apple, balsam pear, karela, k'u kua kurela, kor-kuey, ku gua, pava-aki, salsamino, sorci, sorossi, sorossie, sorossies, pare, peria laut, peria
Part Used: whole plant, fruit, seed

Plant images

Images courtesy of Wikipedia

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.