Actually I think it is not technically a gourd so perhaps melon is a better word!
What are you basing your definition of "gourd" on?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gourd says "A gourd is a plant of the family Cucurbitaceae." http://en.wikipedia....ki/Bitter_melon says "Momordica charantia, called bitter melon or bitter gourd in English, is a tropical and subtropical vine of the family Cucurbitaceae"
So I think it is a gourd, according to that definition.
Ok, did not realise that. I'm sure someone told me it was not actually a gourd once...maybe they actually told me it is not really a melon! I did only say "I think"!
I was also a little baffled by that earlier statement, especially since growing up eating bitter melon would definitely make kale, by comparison, very not bitter.
Agreed, that is what I said in my reply to sobaaddict70.
It's the vegetable we use for pakbet. I've always called it by either term interchangeably.
That's what I thought. You just confused me eariler when you said:
this is someone who grew up eating bitter gourd and bitter melon.
But clearly we are agreeing furiously!