Bitter cucumber is one of the most used vegetables in the kitchens of the world, it comes from a plant living in Asia, the Caribbean and Africa called bitter gourd.?
Composed of 95% water, it belongs to the same family as courgettes, pumpkins and squash.
Bitter cucumber is therefore strongly recommended because it has many virtues for the body thanks to two active ingredients contained in its seeds and its flesh, including vitamins A, B, C and E.
It is also recommended to relieve itching during eczema flare-ups but also to detoxify the liver, cleanse the blood, stimulate bile production and purify the body.
It also facilitates the elimination of arthritis-limiting uric acid and improves the functioning of the renal system.
Tips for use:
The bitter cucumber must be very firm, shiny and above all very green.
You can eat bitter cucumber in various dishes, both as a starter and as an accompaniment to grilled, sautéed, steamed, salad or fried meat.
For example in ratatouille, it will go perfectly well with other vegetables without replacing zucchini, it will simply be added to this dish bringing its little touch of taste.
No need to peel it, to reduce its bitterness you have to remove the seeds and the fibrous membrane surrounding them then blanch the flesh for 2 to 3 minutes by scalding it.
It is best to store it in the refrigerator otherwise it will soften if left out in the open.