The bittergourd has excellent medicinal virtues. It is antidotal, antipyretic tonic, appetizing, stomachic, antibilious and laxative. also used in native medicines of Asia and Africa.
The bitter gourd is cooked and eaten as a vegetable in India and the Far East. The bitterness is reduced by steeping the peeled fruit in salt water before cooking. It is also used in pickles and as an ingredient of curries.The seeds of the ripe fruit are used as a condiment in India. The tender shoots and leaves are used as spinach.
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