African Horned Cucumber

Name/s

Cucumis metuliferus / Horned Melon

Description

Kiwano’s are fruiity and clean tasting, with just a tinge of tangy at the end… almost like a cross between kiwi, cucumber, and lime.

An awesome part of this fruit is the 'shell'. It can be used to make a beautiful presentation! After you scoop out the flesh, rinse the 'shell' out, let them air dry, and store  them in the fridge until ready to use them.

Nutritional Value

The main antioxidants in kiwano melon are vitamin C, vitamin A, zinc, and lutein. The seeds contain Vitamin E.

Storage

DON'T STORE THESE IN THE FRIDGE! The outside will begin to breakdown, and you will be left with a horrible mess. Leave on your counter, they are good for at least a week or two. If you're not sure, cut them open, scoop the seeds out into a jar, and pop in the fridge for storage.

In the Kitchen

Cut in half, squeeze or scoop the seeds out.

Salads; sorbet; ice cream; cocktails; smoothies; or just eaten from the spoon with a little salt or sugar sprinkled on top!

This sorbet looks amazing! Or else how about a Kiwano Ginger Martini?

If you are feeling ambitious, try making some ice-cream...bringing leftovers to markets is compulsory!

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