Cucumis metuliferus

Or horned melon, spiked melon, or kiwano, also African horned cucumber or melon, jelly melon, hedged gourd, melano 😊 oh my….have you ever seen or taste a fruit like this?

Of course that when I saw it at the supermarket I need to buy and taste it 😊

It is from the cucumber and melon family and it should taste a combination between banana and passionfruit, or banana, cucumber and lime. ItΒ is native to Sub-Saharan Africa but now it seems that is grown in the United States, Portugal, Italy, Germany, Chile, Australia, and New Zealand. Honestly in Italy I have never seen it.

Well for me it tasted of nothing, honestly. I couldn’t compare it with anything. I did not feel the banana or passionfruit maybe a little bit of cucumber taste. The flesh is refreshing and watery though.

But is a very interesting and fierce looking fruit with this horn like spines 😊

Also itΒ is a traditional food plant in Africa, beingΒ one of the few sources of water during the dry season in the Kalahari Desert. They use itΒ primarily as a snack or salad, and rarely for decoration. It can be eaten at any stage of ripening, but when overripened, will burst forcefully to release seeds.

I’m always looking for new flavours πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜‹

Happy 1st June everyone! 🌸🌸

Photo credit: Popsicle Society-Kiwano
Photo credit: Popsicle Society-Kiwano
Photo credit: Popsicle Society-Kiwano




35 thoughts on “Cucumis metuliferus

  1. Oh wow! This is something new πŸ˜‹too bad it’s not as tasty as it looks! I love both passion fruit and melon, not a cucumber fan unless it’s pickled 😊
    But it’s worth trying if I ever find it in our market 😊
    Have a lovely weekend πŸ’•πŸ˜Š

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    1. Yes, a little disappointed for the flavor but good if you’re thirsty πŸ˜‰ I love passion fruit too, melon not too much but watermelon πŸ‰ yes…of course pickled cucumber πŸ₯’ πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‹ I have only see it and bought it once here in the supermarket too…Hope you have a wonderful weekend πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸŒΈπŸŒΈ

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      1. Melon is one of my favorite fruits 😊 much more than watermelon πŸ‰
        Pickles are always home made and always available since we were kids 😊
        My weekend is good, hope your is great as well πŸ€—πŸ€—β€οΈβ€οΈ

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      2. Same here, I remember when I was little my grandma used to do a lot of pickles…oh I loved it…much more than all the marmalades or fruit compotes πŸ˜‰πŸ€ͺπŸ˜‹ Nowadays I buy my pickles 😊

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