Balsam Pear or “bitter melon,” is an edible fruit grown in Asia, Africa and the Caribbean. It has been traditionally used as a home remedy for various illnesses. The Filipino government promotes Balsam Pear to help cure diabetes. This wrinkly looking cucumber is often consumed when feeling sick to help release heat from the body.
Origin: Jiang Su, China
Brew Color: Golden yellow
Benefits: Antioxidant boost, has been known to reduce phlegm and coughs, cools the body, may aid in decreasing cancel cells
Flavor Profile: Mild and hay-like with a slight tangy aftertaste
Size: 4 oz.
How to Brew
Start with filtered water for the best brew.
Use 2 to 4 slices for every 8 oz. of hot water. Adjust amount to your preferences.
The ideal water temperature is just under boiling point, between 200-212°F.
Brew for 5 to 10 minutes. Gradually increase steeping time and temperature for subsequent brews if you wish.