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Momordica Charantia

A Monoecious climber found throughout India often under cultivation upto an altitude of 1500 meter. Fruit are 5-25 meter long pendulous, fusiform. ribbed with numerous tubercles. Plant is cultivated throughout India as a vegetable crop.

Therapeutic Uses:

The fruit through bitter is wholesome and esteemed as vegetable when young; it may be sliced and preserved after drying for use in the off-season. Plant I Fruit used from Anti diabetic, Carminative, Tonic and Liver complaints.

Botanical Name Momordica Charantia
Part Used Fruit
Description Dark brown to Dark brown colored powder having characteristic odour & taste.
PH of 1% w/v solution 4-6
Loss on drying (at 1050 C) NMT 8% w/w
Extractive value of 1% w/v slon
In Water NLT 70% w/w
In 60% v/v Methanol NLT 60% w/w
Ash Content NMT 10 % w/w
Heavy Metal NMT 10 ppm
Bitter Content NLT 5.0% w/w
Microbiological Analysis
Total Plate Count NMT 10000 cfu/mg
Yeast & Mould Count NMT 100 cfu/mg
Escherichia Coli Absent
Salmonella Absent
Staphylococcus Aurous Absent
Pseudomonas Aeruginosa Absent
Others grade of 8% Bitters is also available.