Remember my post on how I got sick after camp and my mom made me drink the radish juice? I'm not sure why, but up until recently I still had a minor cough... I think it could have been because I haven't been getting enough sleep lately.
But my mom decided I needed to try another one of her concoctions! This time it's bitter melon
When I first heard her say this, I was like
This is going to be even worse than the radish juice one you told me to drink!
I usually like radish (cooked at least), but bitter melon is bitter even when cooked! Wouldn't it be worse if I ate it raw??
But like the good girl I am, I listened to my mom and juiced the melon. However, to make it taste better, I juiced two pears along with the melon.
Btw, eating pears is another home remedy my mom swears by, but this one I don't mind~
I've never actually prepared bitter melon by myself before, so I was surprised to find out that it has red seeds O__O
Haha, the other half of the bitter melon is missing because my sister was de-seeding it while I was taking the picture <3
Then I just put everything through the blender, and voila! Done :)
Doesn't the juice look beautiful?? It's even frothy!!
So now I'm sure you're all wondering how this "delightful" concoction tastes right?
It actually tasted really good to my surprise!! The first sip tasted somewhat pear-y with a pretty bitter aftertaste. However, for every sip after, I surprisingly couldn't taste the bitterness. :/ Strange hmm? Maybe my taste buds got used to the bitterness?
I'm not sure if this juice really helped my sickness or not, but I felt a lot better the next day. (I think it was due to getting more sleep though.)
However, I would actually encourage you guys to try this recipe! It was a surprising success :)
What do you think about bitter melon? Do you like it? How do you eat it?
A couple cool facts I just found out about bitter melon from WebMD (***although some studies have suggested the following uses for bitter melon, concrete evidence is still insufficient):
- Bitter melon contains a chemical that acts like insulin to help reduce blood sugar levels
- Bitter melon is good for some stomach and intestinal disorders including but not limited to ulcers, constipation, intestinal worms
- Bitter melon is beneficial for those who have diabetes, HIV/AIDS, kidney stones, and OH WAIT! fever!!