The Caribbean Dictionary

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Momordica charantia often called bitter melon, bitter gourd or bitter squash in English, has many other local names. It is a tropical and subtropical vine of the family Cucurbitaceae, widely grown in Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean for its edible fruit. Its many varieties differ substantially in the shape and bitterness of the fruit.
carailla, sopropo
A variety of bitter melon plant (Momordica charantia). A vine bearing a small bumpy skinned yellow or orange fruit. The leaves are used to make a bitter herbal tea that his regarded for its medicinal and purgative properties
Marcelle Feb 24, 2015
We call it corilla in Guyana
Connecia merchant Dec 29, 2015
It good for u body
JSS1 Jul 01, 2016
Very interesting
Lucky Dec 05, 2017
Coocooli in dominica. I come from countryside that how I know them calling it. It has red kittle seeds. We ate them.
Yasmin Lynch Jun 19, 2018
My grandma called it Bhand Caraille because it was a smaller version of the Bitter Gourd.The Caraille or karela or bitter melon is used in pickles, peppersauce and as a vegetable that is fried or curried or stuffed.The karela is a great medication for diabetes. We boil the leaves and wash our bodies with the water, keeps our skin smooth and clean. The bhand Caraille is a beautiful ornamental plant
Alma May 13, 2021
Sopropo in Suriname. In SVG I found in wild, orange small fruit, hanging far apart on vines. Could never get enough to cook for me in one meal. In my yard I planted the red seeds. The leaves crawl on the ground very bushy. They yield a few dark green 3-4 by 2-inch bitter gourds at a time every few days. They ripen fast between the leaves once full. I pick them b4 they turn yellow or orange. Uhhmm.
belizeanorchid Jan 21, 2022
Cerossi in Belize
Ni Jun 24, 2022
In SVG it's called Carailla. My dad used it for high blood pressure.