Tiny Ampalaya12:05 AM Sunday August 14, 2016 |

I’ve seen this miniature yellow fruit-like vegetable in the market but I didn’t know at first what it was. It was only when Edmund and I went to our neighbor’s field that we learned that this bright colored thingy is bitter gourd, bitter melon, biter squash or ampalaya.

tiny ampalaya

It’s a different variety than the bigger, longer, greener ampalaya that we ordinarily see.
bitter gourd / bitter melon / bitter squash

We actually noticed the vines were crawling near the sidewalk. No one planted them, basta na lang tumubo.

bitter gourd plants

We were told that these unique vegetable / fruit has many health benefits such as
1. laxative
2. helps lower blood glucose levels
3. ulcer prevention
4. gout
5. rheumatism
6. skin diseases
7. cancer prevention
8. cough relief
9. relieves indigestion and constipation
10. good source of vitamin B

Comments

  1. Good morning Ms. Annie! Yang ampalaya na yan po ata yong sinasabi nilang wild ampalaya. Pero sa Ilocos common po yan na isinasama sa pinakbet. Dito kasi po sa NCR at nearby towns/provinces ang common na ampalaya ay yon pong pahaba. Actually para pong mas na pino-propagate na yong mahaba kesa sa native/wild ampalaya kaya mas na sa Ilocos or other provinces na lang makakakita nang mga ganyan kaliit na mga ampalaya.
    Salamat po sa mga posts ninyo, may mga natututunan po ako na ini-aapply ko talaga. At yong mga funny posts ninyo nakakapagpagaan talaga ng araw.
    Ingat po kayo lagi! GBU! 😉

  2. Meron din nyan sa amin sa Mindanao. Kaya lang, hanggang sa nabasa ko ang email mo, di ko alam na nakakain sya. Gayun pa man naisip ko noon pa na baka nakakain dahil baka wild variety sya ng ampalaya. Meron din nyan dito sa Quezon City, kaya lang di pinapansin kasi di kill. Maalala ko, mga 1990s, may nakita ako na Maharishi na namimitas ng dahon nyan kasi nakakain daw. Dati kasi ang alam ko na wild ampalaya yong mas malaki dyan na kung tawagin sa amin ay ampalayang uwak. Nakakain din daw yon pero wala naman akong nakita na kumakain non.


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