Questions & Answers - Kiwano Horned Melon

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Question:

My boss gave us each a kiwi horned melon, probably because he thought it was interesting looking.  I was wondering if it was edible.  And if so how is it prepared? Thanks - Rhonda(7/2/01)


Answer: 

Kiwano Horned Melon  - is a member of the cucumber family and not of the kiwi family. Looks like an oval melon with horns and is very decorative. Picked green, the kiwano horned melon tastes like a mix of lemon and banana. It is a tropical fruit so it cannot be stored in the refrigerator.

Following information and photo from Melissa's Produce:

Once grown only in New Zealand, Melissa’s Kiwano Melons are now grown in California as well. Consumers are drawn to these intriguing, yet versatile tropical fruits whose look easily captures attention. The spiky, orange colored shells of Kiwano Melons encase a soft, succulent bright green flesh. Kiwano Melons are mild in flavor and similar in taste to juicy, seed-filled cucumbers. Once peeled, Kiwano Melons can be tossed in fresh fruit salads or served as a garnish with roasted meats.

Seasonality: Available year-round.

Selection & Storage: Ripe Horned Melons will have a bright orange shell. Avoid any bruising or soft spots. No need to refrigerate. The seeds are edible. Kiwano Melon shells can be used as unique servings bowls for soups, sorbets and desserts.
 

 

Kiwano Horned Melon Nutrition Facts
Nutrition Value % Daily Value
Serving Size
1 melon (100g)
 
Amount per Serving: Calories
25
 
Amount per Serving: Calories from Fat
0
 
Total Fat
0g
0%
Saturated Fat
0g
0%
Cholesterol
0mg
0%
Sodium
0mg
0%
Total Carbohydrates
3g
1%
Fiber
1g
2%
Sugars
0g
 
Protein
1g
 
Vitamin A
 
6%
Vitamin C
 
40%
Calcium
 
2%
Iron
 
6%


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