Balsam Pear

Balsam Pear Balsam Pear

Common Name: Balsam Pear

Scientific Name: Momordica charantia

Description: Tropical vine grown as a garden annual; bright yellow flowers followed by curious, oblong, yellow-orange warty fruits that burst open when ripe; attractive, glossy green foliage

Size: Grows 12 to 15 feet high

Cultural Information: Prefers full sun to light shade and well-drained garden loam

Historical Notes: This unusual vine from the Old World tropics has been cultivated for its edible fruits since the early 1700s.[1] Bernard McMahon listed this species among “tender annual flowers” in his book.[2] It is generally lumped with the balsam apple, but the balsam pear has a "shorter vine and longer fruit."[3]

- Text from Center for Historic Plants Information Sheet

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