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Karella/Karela (Momordica Charantia)

A long, pod-like vegetable, originating in China (but now mostly grown in Africa and the Indian Sub-Continent), with a knobbly skin and edible seeds, and popular in the cooking of the Indian sub continent; where they are added to curries.

The vegetable should be washed carefully, then soaked or blanched before use; and are then good stuffed, or added to stir-fries.

They are also known as "bitter cucumber". Consult your Doctor before eating these if you"re a diabetic.

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