Bitter gourds are vital for health. Being bitter in taste they are mostly cooked in spices in order to overcome their bitterness. Bitter gourd is also known as karela. It is grown widely as a field crop as well as backyard vegetable. It is, in fact,among the bitterest tasting of all culinary vegetables but good for health. It is a good source of Vitamin A, C, B6, Magnesium and Potassium. Its juice is considered medicinal for many health issues. It can be used to make curries and fried snacks as well.