Cipzer Karela / Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia), Originating in India, also known as balsam pear is an excellent source of all essential nutrients. The amazing health benefits of karela are all attributed to its excellent nutrient content. Bitter melon has a history of use as both a food and medicine throughout the world dating back to the 14th century. The oblong-shaped fruit of the bitter melon plant is considered the most bitter among all fruits and vegetables in the world. Bitter melon provides nutritive support for normal, healthy blood levels.