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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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Fifteen commercial varieties including Sindhri, Langra, Chaunsa, Anwer Ratol, Began Pali, Daseri, Laal Badshah, Saleh Bahi, Collector, Gulab Khasa, Jageer Dar, Koonj, Sonaro, Almas and others about 185 non-commercial varieties, such as Gulab Khasa, Harni, Lal Pat, Rangeen Saroli, Haji Wala, Neelam, Zafran, Karela, Rut Aaam, Chaman etc as well as seasonal fruits including Water Melon, Grapes, Apple, Banana, Dates, Pine, etc were displayed at more the 400 stalls of Benazir Bhutto Shaheed Mango Exhibition hall.
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