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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 se
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.