Diseases of Bitter Melon in South Florida

  • Shouan Zhang
  • Mary Lamberts
  • Gene McAvoy


Diseases of Bitter Melon in South Florida (PP300)

Bitter melon, a tropical and subtropical cucurbit, is widely grown in Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean for its edible fruit. Rich in vitamins A and C, iron, and phosphorus, it contains a compound (charantin) that has been used to lower blood sugar levels to treat diabetes. Two major types of bitter melon, Chinese and Indian, are grown in South Florida year-round. This publication describes common diseases and provides recommendations for their control. This 3-page fact sheet was written by Shouan Zhang, Mary Lamberts, and Gene McAvoy, and published by the UF Department of Plant Pathology, October 2012.


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How to Cite
Zhang, S., Lamberts, M., & McAvoy, G. (2012). Diseases of Bitter Melon in South Florida. EDIS, 2012(11). Retrieved from https://journals.flvc.org/edis/article/view/120302
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