White Pearl Bitter Melon


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White Pearl Bitter Melon or Bitter Gourd, also known as "Bitter Squash," "Balsam Pear," "Karela," or "Goya," is a rare hybrid species of bitter melon that is prized for its pure white, smooth-warted skin resembling white pearls. Bitter melon is tropical vine that belongs to the gourd family, widely grown in Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean. Bitter melon originated in India and was introduced into China in the 14th century. It is used for both culinary and medicinal properties to treat treat diabetes, cancer, viral infections, and immune disorders.

Species Bitter Melon, White Pearl
Vegetable Size 8-10 inches long

Days to Germinate

7-14 days

Days to Harvest


Germination Rate


Test Date



Annual; Perennial in Zones 10-11
Country of Origin

United States


Full Sun, Partial Shade

Seeds Packed For



Planting Instructions:

Plant 1 inch deep in soil after danger of frost has passed in Spring and soil temperature is at least 70F, in mostly sunny areas. Bitter Melon prefers humid climates and can grow up to 16 feet long vines. Trellising is recommended.

Within-Row Spacing 5 feet
Between-Row Spacing 10 feet

Nutrition Facts:

Calories 23
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.2 g 0%
Saturated fat 0 g 0%
Polyunsaturated fat 0.1 g
Monounsaturated fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 7 mg 0%
Potassium 396 mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 5 g 1%
Dietary fiber 2.5 g 10%
Sugar 2.4 g
Protein 1 g 2%
Vitamin A 2% Vitamin C 68%
Calcium 1% Iron 2%
Vitamin D 0% Vitamin B-6 5%
Cobalamin 0% Magnesium 5%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.