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Karela

Karela Karela (mojmordica charantia) is a different form of bitter melon found in Indian cuisine. Sometimes it is called bitter gourd. It is in the same family as Chinese Bitter Melon mojmordica charantia spp. This particular variety thrives in hot humid weather, in well-draining soil that is slightly acidic. It is cultivated in African and Southeast Asian countries. It is smaller and more compact than the Chinese version. Karela or Indian Bitter Melon The pith is and seeds are extremely bitter and must be removed before cooking. The skin is tender and edible. The smaller the fruit, the tenderer it is, so the better it will be. It is said to help purify the blood, and is beneficial wi

Longons

Longons Longons (euphoria langana) are fruits that are related to the lychee and the rambutan. They are native to South East Asia as well as Southern China. Their flesh is juicy and translucent white in color. Their flavor is reminiscent of honeydew and gardenia. It is sometimes referred to as “pinyin” in Cantonese, meaning dragon’s eye. Longons are approximately 1 inch in diameter. They are round, and enclose in a thin brown, leathery shell which gets darker as it ages. Longons grow in clusters. In the center of their flesh is a large black seed. The flesh has a texture similar to a peeled grape. Longons are in season from mid-July to August. They grow on a majestic tree up t

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