My mother’s bitter melon

The bitter melon is also called bitter squash which origin from India and introduce to China during the 14 century. Bitter melon has many heath benefits, such of lower blood pressure and blood sugar and Chinese use it for cooking, soup and there even tea made form it.
Every year, my mother plants the melon in her vegetable garden which she started from seeds she has saved from year past.
I love the delicate leaves and flowers with the unusual looking melon. Every year, the bitter melon somehow makes it into my painting; here is this year’s version: watercolor on arches paper, 14”x21”

bitter melon watercolor

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