Now Comes Heart-Shaped Ampalaya a.k.a. Love Bitter Melon

Now Comes Heart-Shaped Ampalaya a.k.a. Love Bitter Melon
Now Comes Heart-Shaped Ampalaya a.k.a. Love Bitter Melon
Fruits weigh 150-200 grams each.

The East-West Seed Company has come up with a heart-shaped ampalaya (bitter melon) which has caused special interest upon its launching in Ban Bua-thong, Thailand recently.

The novel ampalaya was bred by Lamai Yapanan, a senior plant breeder at the Simon Groot Research Center in Chiang Mai, Thailand.


Ric Reyes, global product and marketing combination manager, said that it has created a lot of interest among growers and sellers. Tesco, a big distributor of vegetables and other merchandise, is interested in carrying this fruit type.


This has been dubbed the Love Bitter Melon because of its shape. And it could be a perfect gift for Valentine, according to Ric.


Lamai Yapanan said that aside from the usual dish, the Love Bitter Melon has been made into juice, ice cream and salad.


This variety is early maturing. Female flowers which develop into fruits appear 40 to 45 days after sowing. The fruits are 8 cm long and 5-6 cm wide. Each fruit weighs 150 to 200 grams. One plant can produce 8.6 kilos. The skin is very shiny. The plant is moderately resistant to powdery mildew.


Trial plantings will soon be undertaken in the Philippines.

Now Comes Heart-Shaped Ampalaya a.k.a. Love Bitter Melon
Love Bitter Melon opened.
Now Comes Heart-Shaped Ampalaya a.k.a. Love Bitter Melon
Love Bitter Melon on the vine.
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