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General Produce

Bitter Melon

Common Packs:

10-lb. bulk cartons

Receiving Inspecting:

Skins should be shiny and a greenish-yellow color. Avoid bitter melons with brown spots.

Storage Handling:
 

Short-term storage recommendation (7 days or less)

  • 45-48° F/7-8° C
  • 85-95% relative humidity
Shelf-Life:
14 to 21 days.
Troubleshooting:

Water-soaked appearance, pitting, and accelerated decay are all indications of chill injury. Store properly.

Exposure to ethylene gas can cause yellowing and a loss of green color. For best quality, keep bitter melons away from ethylene-producing fruits and ripening rooms.

Usage Ideas:

  • Drop chopped bitter melon into Asian broth-based soups.
  • Add thinly sliced bitter melon to stir-fries.