There are lots of different fruits and vegetables around in China that would go very well on my blog, but none sounds as unappetizing as the so-called bitter melon. The bitter melon, in the same family as cucumbers, pumpkins and zucchini, comes originally from India, but is now found all over Asia, Africa and the Caribbean. It is shaped like a cucumber, but with lots of bumps all over the skin almost as if it has some kind of disease. Now that sounds promising.
I had never tried it, because it just doesn’t sound appealing, but not so long ago it appeared on the buffet line of the teacher’s cafeteria at my school and I had no reason not to try. It was served cold as a salad and cut into strips. It appears only the skin was used, so I’m not sure if these guys are hollow or not. I’ve eaten some terrible things such as whale bacon and of course durian, but I never expected a vegetable to rank among the worst things I have eaten. Now, I know better. I took one bite and a massive wave of bitterness washed over me – hence the name of course. I spat it right out and didn’t even bother giving it a second chance, good for you or not.
Fear Factor – 5 / Taste Test – 1