The ampalaya – perhaps more commonly known as the bitter melon or bitter gourd – comes from the Momordica charantia vine found in the tropical and subtropical regions of Asia. According to the website Philippine Herbal Medicine, ampalaya has long been used as a natural Chinese medicine. Whether consumed for health reasons or simply as a snack, ampalaya makes a substantial contribution to homemade shakes.
Scrub and rinse the ampalaya under running water.
Cut off both ends of the ampalaya.
Slice the ampalaya in half lengthwise.
Scoop out the seeds with a spoon and discard them.
Add the ampalaya, lime juice, ice and sugar syrup to a blender.
Mix contents in covered blender until thoroughly mixed.
Serve the shake immediately.
The ampalaya is covered in ridges, so scrub firmly to remove all traces of dirt.