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The Kiwano Melon:

Cucumis metuliferus, commonly called the African horned cucumber, horned melon, spiked melon, jelly melon, kiwano, or cuke-a-saurus is an annual vine in the cucumber and melon family, Cucurbitaceae. Its fruit has horn-like spines, hence the name "horned melon". The ripe fruit has orange skin and lime green, jelly-like flesh. C. metuliferus is native to Southern Africa. It is found in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and Angola.

Kiwano is a traditional food plant in Africa. Along with the Gemsbok cucumber (Acanthosicyos naudinianus) and Tsamma (Citron melon) it is one of the few sources of water during the dry season in the Kalahari Desert. In northern Zimbabwe it is called gaka or gakachika, and is primarily used as a snack or salad, and rarely for decoration. It can be eaten at any stage of ripening, but when overripe, it will burst forcefully to release seeds.

The fruit's taste has been compared to a combination of banana and passionfruit, cucumber and zucchini, or a combination of banana, cucumber and lime. A small amount of salt or sugar can increase the flavor but the seed content can make eating the fruit less convenient than many common fruits.
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They are pretty, but I have tried them and they have very little flavor, so much so that I said I will never try them again. It's possible, though, that ones that are picked closer to their natural growing location would have more flavor.


My pleasure. I agree with you, Tea....I'd try it once. So many seeds!


My pleasure, Jill. I'd never heard of them either.
Unusual is right.


Well, these would be pretty to display and I’d like to try the taste at least once, but they seem to be difficult to eat😳. But they’re a beautiful color! Thank you for the puzzle :)


Have never heard of this one Donna, most unusual. Thanks

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