Bitter Melon


Bitter melon (Momordica charantia)币游注册, also known as fu qua, ampalaya, bitter gourd, balsam pear and alligator pear, is a member of the Cucurbitaceae family. It is thought to originate from the old world tropics, possibly Africa or India, but now it is widely grown throughout all tropical regions of the world.

, the national peak industry body representing Australian vegetable and potato growers. In the Northern Territory, growers of Asian vegetables, including bitter melon, are also represented by the .

Facts and figures

  • Bitter melon is a member of the Cucurbitaceae plant family
  • It is grown in hot humid climates
  • The major region producing bitter melon in Australia is the Northern Territory
  • Production practices are similar for cucumbers
  • Harvesting bitter melons is labour intensive and harvesting must be well-timed to ensure optimum quality
  • The entire Australian production of bitter melon is consumed domestically


币游注册All bitter melons produced in Australia are consumed domestically. It is usually produced on small areas of small landholdings, e.g. 0.5ha of bitter melons may be grown on properties of 5 or 20ha, in conjunction with other horticultural crops.

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Map of current and potential growing regions

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