Paavai Bitter Gourd from Brampton green house

Paavai Bitter gourds inside the green house

These seeds are from Markham backyard. We already harvested 3 of them and had great reviews from our family cooks.

Currently, each of these goes for $4 and being supplied through imports from South Asia. It is a popular item among Canadians of South Asians and Caribbean origins. We believe our Ontario grown Paavai Bitter Gourd is superior in quality and taste compared to the imports.

We will tag one of this Paavai Bitter Gourd for seed development.

The Paavais planted outside are 1/10 of the size and no melons on them yet!

It is definitely a green house item.

9 Responses to “Paavai Bitter Gourd from Brampton green house”

  1. LovelyGirl says:

    I never had those. How do you cook them?

    • ENF says:

      There are many things you can do with Bitter Gourd.

      You can grate a little bit on salads or soups to give a hint of bitter taste to it.

      You can grill with other veggies such as carrot or sweet peppers with olive oil.

      Or you can make a spicy curry out of it. South East Asians also sautee the leafs or add them to the soup.

      It is considered good for Diabetes.

    • G says:

      My favorite way to enjoy Bitter Gourd:


      3-4 bittergourds
      2 tsp salt

      For the seasoning:
      2 tbsp rice flour
      2 tbsp gram flour
      1 tsp red chilli powder (or more according to taste)
      1 tsp coriander powder
      1 tsp cumin powder
      a pinch of asafoetida powder (optional)


      1. Slice each piece of bittergourd into fairly thin half-moon shape. Transfer them to a colander and sprinkle the salt over. Shake the colander to distribute the salt evenly. Leave to rest for about an hour or so.

      2. Squeeze out as much moisture as possible from the bittergourd pieces and dry them on paper towels. Transfer to a Ziploc bag or a big bowl.

      3. Mix the seasoning ingredients together and sprinkle over the pieces. Shake the bag or bowl so that the seasoning is distributed evenly over the pieces.

      4. Heat the oil in a wok, and fry the bittergourd pieces in batches to a crisp brown.


  2. R says:

    where can I get this veggie?

  3. Mars says:

    Can we give Bitter Gourd to toddlers? I tried “G” recipe and it was awesome, took some time to cook, but the end result was tastier

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