It is also known as Karli in Gujarati and Marathi and Paval and Kakara in Telugu. It is known as Bitter melon in other parts of the world. It is one of the most popular vegetables in India. It is cultivated in almost every region of India.
Bitter gourd as very good medicinal values. Momordica Charantia is the scientific name of bitter gourd. They are slightly bitter in taste. It is eaten as a cooked vegetable. It is very popular in India. It purifies the blood, helps in digestion, prevents ageing signs, fights with cancer and skin diseases.
Bitter gourd is mainly grown in a warm season. It grows best in hot and humid climates.Well-drained, fertile soil is best for the cultivation of bitter gourd. It can tolerate any soil that provides a good drainage system like sandy loam soil. It will grow best in areas with poorer soils.