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DescriptionBitter melon is a member of the Cucurbitaceae family (cucumbers, pumpkins and watermelons), and is a perennial climbing elongated fruit that resembles a gourd or cucumber. Some have called it “bitter gourd” or “bitter cucumber”. In specialty Asian markets, it may be known as “karela”. Bitter Melon is primarily cultivated in the tropics, especially China, India, East African, Central and South America and the Caribbean.