“Bitter taste is a powerful detoxifying agent, and has antibiotic, anti-parasitic and antiseptic qualities. It is also helpful in reducing weight, water retention, skin rashes, fever, burning sensations and nausea.”
(Eat. Taste. Heal.)
During this really hot summer, bear in mind how to balance the accumulated heat in your body. Cool it down by reaching for bitter, drier foods like kale, spinach, bitter melon, green cabbage, zucchini, eggplant, turmeric, fenugreek, coffee and olives (examples referenced from Eat. Taste. Heal.) Bitter food stimulate the appetite while keep you feeling lighter and more energized than heavy hot foods.
If you find yourself steaming up and feeling heavy and lethargic, try this simple salad to stimulate you and keep you energized.
Bitter Gourd and Pomegranate Salad
The flavour is bitter but balanced with sweet, tart dried pomegranates and sesame, lemon dressing.
Finally, add some dried pomegranate or any small, sweet, tart fruit of your choice to off-set the bitterness of the salad.
- Bitter melon (completeherbalguide.com)