The usual stir-fry is “underage” bitter melon, which is sweet after ripening.
Its survival strategy is to ask you not to eat it when it is not ripe, and then eat it when it is ripe, which is good for seed dispersal.
Animals have evolved a bitter sense of taste to identify some toxic substances (alkaloids, heavy metal salts, etc.), immature bitter melon is posing as a poisonous taste to avoid being eaten early, but the evil eaters (crossed out) humans know ……
(ripe bitter melon ↓↓↓↓)
yellow skin, will automatically split open to reveal the bright red seeds.
The skin does not eat, the seeds are sweet and smooth, very tasty. The taste of the skin does not matter, anyway, is automatically split, animals do not need to chew the skin can also eat the seeds.
By the way, again, the questioner’s understanding of chili peppers is wrong.
“Chili peppers make people feel good by secreting endorphins” – that’s not what chili peppers are meant to do, it It’s not there to get people high.
The original survival strategy of chili peppers was to be eaten only by birds and not by mammals, who cannot feel capsaicin and therefore are not afraid of spice.
This is obviously more conducive to spread because mammals tend to chew up the seeds, while birds don’t have the teeth to destroy the seeds, and birds have a much greater range of motion in flight than mammals.
This is the same sad as bitter gourd, bitter gourd does not want you to eat before maturity, so it is bitter, chili peppers also do not want you to eat, so it is spicy, I did not expect this group of long-legged monkeys have no inhibitions, see what to eat ……
“Why not wait for the bitter melon to grow ripe before eating”.
- difficult to grasp the timing of picking, overripe will blow up, not suitable for large-scale planting.
- difficult to preserve and transport, many will be fried not fried is also a touch of the crack, not suitable for large-scale marketability.
- edible part is too little, only the red seed skin, but also can not be picked out separately to store.
Generally, only the small bitter melon (golden bell) of semi-ornamental nature can be eaten by the way when it is ripe, and the big bitter melon used to keep a few more seeds by the way. So rarely seen on the market, if there is more expensive, not cost-effective.
Don’t be sad if you know the truth, in fact, many of the fruits and vegetables we eat are “young versions”.
Many fruits are green when immature, after maturity will become red / orange / yellow, if it is in the green when the fruit is eaten, it is likely to be the “juvenile” period For example, cucumber and bitter melon.
And some plants in the “young” period will be stored in the roots, stems, leaves, in order to prepare for the development of the need, such as radish, potatoes, cabbage, etc.. However, we look at these nutrient stores, so we do not wait for the development of adults to eat them ……