Before we left for Melbourne our bitter gourd was starting to produce many female flowers. For UV protection we recycled papers to wrap those small babies. Too much expose to strong UV rays is not healthy. We teach our children to wear hat, protective clothes and put on sunscreen lotion whenever they go outside, so bitter gourd babies need protection as well. Bitter gourd plants have grown more than 3 metre tall, I can't reached the one at the top.
The paper wrap also shelter other beneficial predators in the garden.
Because they are so many other visitors admiring bitter gourd flowers. It help balance the eco-system in our garden.
The weather is mild now and bitter gourd really love it with so many lush growth and produce. We don't have to wrap the fruit at the moment as it has been a wet week. Don't want the fruit to catch cold wearing wet cloth.
Cik Manggis (Madam mangosteen) author of jom masak, jom makan makan..for bitter gourd and apple juice recipe. I discovered that you can make a healthy juice from bitter gourd.
Ingredient: 1 apple, 1 bitter gourd , half a lemon, 3 glass of water and ice cubes (optional sugar or honey if you are not counting calories).
Washed and slice the apple and peria and put into the mixer with 3 glass of water.
Squeeze lemon, stir and add ice cube.
After all the process, add some ice cubes and ready to drink. Rayyan and Ilhan had the honour to taste this juice first while my cousin and I supervised them. Since children at their age don't lie, look at Ilhan expression closely.
Bravo! Ilhan finished a glass of bitter gourd and apple juice.
Instead of half a lemon, I used more than one lemon and add some sugar since I like sourish taste more.
What do you think?
A very healthy juice in the morning.