You will be wondered to know that karela is not a vegetable, but it is a fruit. The part of the plant is consumed for many medicinal purposes. It is also known as bitter gourd, for it has a sour taste and a shape like a gourd. At many places, if you find it to be called bitter apple and wild cucumber, you don’t need to be surprised at all. As many names Karela has, it has many health benefits too. The botanical name of the fruit is Momordica charantia. It has many popular uses in ayurvedic medicine and in-home remedies as well. In many ancient books, the usage of Karela extract can be found in treating diabetes or controlling blood sugar level etc. Not only these, for its antioxidant property, it also holds a popular place in treating many skin related problems and promoting healthy skin.

The fruit is generally used as a daily vegetable in India and other parts of the world. It was later welcomed by the Chinese medical industry for its extremely bitter taste. They believed that the extract can help in reducing the toxin level in the body and upkeep better liver health. Upset stomach, indigestion, respiratory infections and even in skin health; Karela has never left any stone unturned.