Bitter Melon or Bitter Gourd, known to Filipinos as "ampalaya" or "parya". It is widely use in Asia, Africa, and also the Caribbeans. Like it's name suggested, this vegetable is bitter in taste and with it's wrinkly and oval exterior, it's not an appetizing site. However, when mixed with other ingredients and sauces, it brings a savory goodness that is bitter sweet. Plus, it's many health benefits far outweighs the bitter flavor. This recipe we selected is a famous Filipino dish but it is a dish that is similar to many Southeastern bitter melon dish.