Bitter Melon is in season now. We grow two types of bitter melon, a spikey, more pointed type and a smoother, more oblong variety. We try to pick them green, but a few have ripened to yellow and peeled open like a flower to reveal sticky and sweet bright red seeds inside. The photos at the left and below show a bitter melon that's just starting to open.
Bitter melon is in the squash family and is mostly used like a summer squash. The texture is like chayote or cucumber. Bitter melon is supposed to be medicinal and good for digestion. Salting and rinsing it takes away some of the bitterness, but some of it always remains.