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About horned melon
The horned melon is categorized as exotic fruit and is known by numerous names: the African horned cucumber, kiwano melon, hedged gourd, jelly melon, and blowfish fruit. It is the size of a large pear and weighs less than one pound. The bright orange skin has several soft spikes, but inside is a jelly-like green interior with white seeds. The inside is a cross between a cucumber, zucchini, and kiwi. This jelly-like interior is where the flavor lies. It has hints of lime, melon, cucumber, and banana. The seeds can be eaten but do not have much flavor.
This unique fruit may look dangerous with its spiked skin, but it is perfectly safe to eat and is native to the southern part of Africa. In Africa, not only is it a traditional food plant that grows wild, but it is also often the only source of water during the dry season (it is 90% water). It was introduced to New Zealand and Australia in the 1930s and is now grown in many countries. In New Zealand, it is often called a kiwano because the inside resembles the inside of kiwi fruit.
The easiest way to open a horned melon is to cut the fruit in half and squeeze each half until the slime-covered seeds come out. The jelly has a gooey, green color and is very tasty and hydrating on a warm day. The seeds can also be eaten; they are not harmful, just a little bland. Many people prefer to suck the green pulp off the seeds instead. You can even eat the entire skin; just be sure to slice off the small horns first.
Another way to remove the pulp is to scoop it. Slide a knife into the pulp, poking it a few times to loosen it from the skin, then scoop it with a spoon. Press it into a mesh strainer to separate the pulp from the seeds. The pulp works well in savory and sweet dishes and can be used in fruit salads, smoothies, salsas, yogurts, on toast, in cocktails, and as a garnish with roasted meats. Adding some salt or sugar can enhance its flavor. It may be eaten fresh or cooked and makes delicious infused water.
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