I don’t eat much seafood, but apart from that I am generally willing to try anything. Had my first encounter with bitter melon this evening. Well, there’s one fruit that was aptly named. I was still shuddering from the experience when we were served some aloe vera for desert. Let’s just say if bitter melon is a 10 on the bitterness scale, aloe vera must be about, oh, 1000. Even a gallon of condensed milk could not tame it. Jeremy and I now have a new name for a facial expression showing extreme distaste: the ‘aloe vera face’. You are lucky there are no photos.
Here is a picture of a bitter melon. Looks harmless enough, doesn’t it? And below that is some aloe vera. Stay alert, people.