Momordica charantia Linn. - WILD BITTER MELON
Ampalayang-ligaw is aclimbing vine with tendrils up to 10 centimeters long. Leaves heart-shaped, 5 to 10 centimeters in diameter, cut into 5 to 6 lobes. Flowers are yellow, about 10 millimeters long. Fruits are ovoid, about 2 to 4 centimeterw long, fleshy green, ribbed, with pointed ends.
– Grows wild year-round in open fields, thickets, and waste places, at low and medium altitudes.
Constituents and Properties
No reported studies on the wild variety, but probably shares with cultivated ampalaya’s chemical constituents, characteristics and other folkloric uses.
– Both wild and cultivated forms are edible.
– Fruit of wild form usually roasted over fire and eaten with salt or “heko.”
– Young leaves and fruit are edible. The young leaves are preferred to the cultivated variety for use in soups and other culinary inclusions.
– Juice of young leaves used for infants and adults as mucolytic in tight and poorly productive coughs.
– Wild variety shares in the folkloric medicinal uses of the cultivated variety. (Ampalaya)