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By Tony_lb

United Kingdom Gb

I recently bought this fruit in a market in Turkey, but I have no idea what it is




Is that in its raw state, cut open, with the seeds inside showing, or has it been cooked and stuffed with sultanas?

13 Oct, 2012


In the raw state. The red seeds don't taste of anything very much.

13 Oct, 2012


It looks as if it has just come out of the deep fat fryer! Could it be a type of gourd?

13 Oct, 2012


The yellow outer is quite soft and overnight it opened to the amount shown. Before that it was hardly open at all.

13 Oct, 2012


Found it!
Momordica charantia, otherwise known as bitter melon

13 Oct, 2012


Thank goodness, I couldn't find it at all. Not worth eating?

13 Oct, 2012


Seemed pretty tasteless, though I read the seeds are sometimes used in a salad a bit like pomegranate - Turkish name seems to be 'strong pomegranate' but it seems it is a herbal recipe. In Wikipedia it has
'In Turkey, it has been used as a folk remedy for a variety of ailments, particularly stomach complaints. The fruit is broken up and soaked in either olive oil or honey.'
Don't think I'll try it though.

13 Oct, 2012


Hmm, doesn't sound particularly tasty!

14 Oct, 2012

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