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Pungent, sharp tasting Bitter Melon is highly prized in Indian, Chinese and South East Asian cuisines. A marvellous flavour match with hot chillies or rich fatty meats, it can be steamed, pan-fried or stuffed with spicy fillngs. A high quinine content delivers the distinctive astringent tang and makes the juice a classic ingredient in Ayurvedic remedies. This attractive dark green spiny hybrid is a vigorous grower and produces heavy yields.
Soak seed in water for 24 hours before sowing. For best results, sow early in pots of Yates® Black Magic® Seed Raising Mix, indoors or in a glasshouse, then transplant after 3-4 weeks when risk of frost has passed. Space seedlings 60cm apart alongside a strong trellis or fence (1.8m high) for support.
Grow in a very sunny, sheltered, well-drained position. Prepare soil by adding Yates® Thrive® Natural Blood & Bone and feed every 2 weeks with Yates® Thrive® Flower & Fruit Soluble Fertiliser. Water regularly at plant base.
Karela is sensitive to cold, so soil temperature should be at least 25°C for germination. Use of a heat pad is recommended.
Store in a cool dry place away from direct sunlight. Keep out of reach of children and pets.
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