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bitter melon

n.
1. A tropical annual vine (Momordica charantia) native to Asia, having yellow flowers and orange, warty fruits that open at maturity to expose red-coated seeds. Various parts of the plant are used in traditional medicine or for food.
2. The immature green fruit of this plant, eaten as a vegetable. In both senses also called bitter gourd.
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bitter melon

The fruit of a Chinese vine related to cucumbers, administered in tea, capsules or retention enemas, which allegedly “purifies” blood, prevents viral infections and has antiretroviral activity. It has been used for managing diabetes, gastrointestinal complaints and cancer.
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bit·ter mel·on

(bit'ĕr mel'ŏn)
Momordica charantia, tropical fruit that is typically consumed as a juice, although sometimes eaten. Limited studies suggest use in Type 2 diabetes; also purportedly of value as an antiinfective.
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Potato per kilogram is Rs 36, Onion Rs 28, Tomato 56, Ginger Rs 80, Garlic (China) Rs 275, Garlic Desi 255, Lemon Rs 92, Lady Finger Rs 75, Green Zucchini Rs 58, Pumpkin Rs 54, Brinjal Rs 45, Peas Rs 190, Farsh Bean Rs 72, Tanda Desi Rs 74, Cucumber Rs 36, Capsicum Rs 80/55, Green Chilli Rs 32, Cauliflower Rs 78/55, Cabbage Rs 46, Bittergourd Rs 52, Spinach Rs 32/22, Turnip Rs 66, Yam Rs 56, Maroo Rs 65, Carrot Rs 92 and Egg per dozen Rs 99.
Potato per kilogram is Rs 37, Onion Rs 30, Tomato 62, Ginger Rs 80, Garlic (China) Rs 265, Garlic Desi 255, Lemon Rs 70, Lady Finger Rs 65, Green Zucchini Rs 64, Pumpkin Rs 54, Brinjal Rs 42, Peas Rs 130, Farsh Bean Rs 66, Tanda Desi Rs 74, Cucumber Rs 35, Capsicum Rs 75/55, Green Chilli Rs 36, Cauliflower Rs 85/55, Cabbage Rs 48, Bittergourd Rs 52, Spinach Rs 34/23, Turnip Rs 54, Yam Rs 46, Maroo Rs 52, Carrot Rs 92, Chicken Rs 112 and Egg per dozen Rs 99.