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Hong Kong Garden

By Ming Lin

Contemporary Agricultural practices in the expanded field

HK Farm in Yau Ma Tei, Hong Kong, 2013. Photo by Glenn Eugen Ellingsen.

Waxy and wart-ridden, momordica charantia, or “bitter melon,” as it is more commonly known, could hardly be described as enticing. It is harvested green from tendriled vines in early autumn, just before turning an unruly yellow and bursting open to reveal a mass of red, pulpy seeds. These unbecoming looks are matched by an acerbic flavor. For the Chinese, however, bitter melon is a cherished…

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