march 21, 2012 - i wake up this morning with a surprise, my paliya seeds are sprouting. Very happy. you can see that the picture is sort of dark yet, it was like 7 am when i took it, but hey......they sprout...they sprout!
March 16, 2012
Momordica charantia - Bitter Melon
Ampalaya in Tagalog
Paliya in Cebuano
I am getting my seeds from a bitter melon I got from the grocery store, and it is the Chinese phenotype ( pale in color).
I took the seeds out and cook the fruits.
I am lazy to mess up with soil, so I am using the coir pellets from Jiffy again. :)
According to Wikepedia:)
Momordica charantia, called bitter melon or bitter gourd in English, is a tropical and subtropical vine of the family Cucurbitaceae, widely grown in Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean for its edible fruit, which is among the most bitter of all fruits. There are many varieties that differ substantially in the shape and bitterness of the fruit.
In some English texts the plant or the fruit may be called by its local names, which include kugua (Chinese: 苦瓜, pinyin: kǔguā, "bitter gourd"); parya (Ilokano), pare or pare ayam (Javanese and Indonesian), Pavayka or Kayppayka (Malayalam:പാവയ്ക്ക, കയ്പ്പക്ക ), goya (Okinawan: ゴーヤー) or nigauri (Japanese: 苦瓜; although the Okinawan word goya is also used in Japanese), paakharkaai (Tamil: பாகற்காய்), "Hāgalakāyi" (Kannada: ಹಾಗಲಕಾಯಿ), "ma'reah" (Khmer: ម្រះ), "Kaakarakaya"(Telugu), Korola (Bengali), ampalaya (Tagalog), muop dang (Vietnamese: mướp đắng) or kho qua (Vietnamese: khổ qua). It is also known as caraille or carilley on Trinidad and Tobago, carilla in Guyana, and cerasee, "cerasse" or cerasse in Jamaica and elsewhere in the Caribbean, including parts of South America (although if known in Portuguese- and Spanish-speaking areas, will most probably be know by the Okinawan or Japanese names). It is karela in Hindi- and Urdu-speaking areas."कारले (karle)" in Marathi. In Suriname, it is known as sopropo. The fruit is called Kudret Narı in Turkey. "Faaga" in Maldives."Karavila" in Sri Lankan(Sinhalese).
Update: March 27, 2012. I took more pictures of my bitter melon, since the 2nd container started to come alive. I have remove the cover to allow growth, so this has to be watered everyday now.
March 27, 2012. Container 1 and 2 both seeds germinated.