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Momordica charantia

Momordica charantia
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Copyright: Sayat Arslanlioglu (sayat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 280 W: 0 N: 258] (1457)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-21
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ50
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-11-22 8:37
Viewed: 13385
Points: 20
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Momordica charantia is a tropical and subtropical vine of the family Cucurbitaceae, widely grown for edible fruit, which is among the most bitter of all vegetables. English names for the plant and its fruit include bitter melon or bitter gourd.

The original home of the species is not known, other than that it is a native of the tropics. It is widely grown in South and Southeast Asia, China, Africa, and the Caribbean.

The herbaceous, tendril-bearing vine grows to 5 m. It bears simple, alternate leaves 4-12 cm across, with 3-7 deeply separated lobes. Each plant bears separate yellow male and female flowers.
The fruit has a distinct warty looking exterior and an oblong shape. It is hollow in cross-section, with a relatively thin layer of flesh surrounding a central seed cavity filled with large flat seeds and pith. Seeds and pith appear white in unripe fruits, ripening to red; they are not intensely bitter and can be removed before cooking. However, the pith will become sweet when the fruit is fully ripe, and the pith's color will turn red. The pith can be eaten uncooked in this state, but the flesh of the melon will be far too tough to be eaten anymore. Red and sweet bitter melon pith is a popular ingredient in some special southeast Asian style salad. The flesh is crunchy and watery in texture, similar to cucumber, chayote or green bell pepper. The skin is tender and edible. The fruit is most often eaten green. Although it can also be eaten when it has started to ripen and turn yellowish, it becomes more bitter as it ripens. The fully ripe fruit turns orange and mushy, is too bitter to eat, and splits into segments which curl back dramatically to expose seeds covered in bright red pulp.
Bitter melon comes in a variety of shapes and sizes. The typical Chinese phenotype is 20 to 30 cm long, oblong with bluntly tapering ends and pale green in color, with a gently undulating, warty surface. The bitter melon more typical of India has a narrower shape with pointed ends, and a surface covered with jagged, triangular "teeth" and ridges. Coloration is green or white. Between these two extremes are any number of intermediate forms. Some bear miniature fruit of only 6 - 10 cm in length, which may be served individually as stuffed vegetables. These miniature fruit are popular in Southeast Asia as well as India.

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Merhaba Sayat,
this shot is beautiful, I love the light and the wonderful green fruit. Excellent work, thanks, selamlar
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-11-22 9:18]

Bonsoir Sayat,
Une image tout simplement magnifique! Composition, lumière, netteté, tout est parfait. J'aurais beaucoup aimé faire cette photo.
Bonne soirée

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2008-11-22 9:21]

Merhaba Sayat,
Bir yeşil dal ve üzerindeki yapraklar ancak bu kadar güzel sunulur. Işığın muhteşem kullanımıyla renkler hiç sapmadan olanca yumuşaklığıyla gözümüzü okşuyor. Çok başarılı bir çalışma.


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  • mariki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
  • [2008-11-22 10:03]

Hello Sayat,

Excellent sharp picture of this plant. Great clarity and sharpness. Superb composition. Wonderful light and very good use of the contrast light-shadow.

A beautiful palmate leaved vine with a curious looking fruit captured perfectly under fine illumination against a good,dark BG Sayat, TFS this nice image my friend.

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-11-22 12:02]

Hello Sayat,

You have made a fine photo with this plant. Both leafs and fruitare shown sharply so that even fine details can be well observed. Your photo has very nice colore. These are saturated and naturaly looking.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-11-22 22:58]

Bravo, dear Sayat.
You have shared a brilliant in every aspect picture. I like subject a lot. Lights and darks are simply great as well as sweet colours and ultimate details of the fruit and leaves. Composition of the picture also is blameless. My congratulations and TFS.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2008-11-23 3:12]

Merhaba Sayat bey, mükemmel bir görüntü yakalamışsınız; ışık, renkler ve kompozisyon çok hoşuma gitti, ellerinize sağlık, selamlar.

nice portrait of this plant (much better than the one I posted some days ago). great use of natural light. greetings Ori

Işık çok güzel gelmiş..
Yeşilin tonları ve kadraj yerleşimi de çok iyi..
Kudret narı sanırım..Yeşil haliyle de güzel fotoğraf vermiş..
Güzel bir çalışma yapmışsınız.

Bellísima imagen, me encanta la composición y la luz!!!

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