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Horn melon produce spiky points throughout its bright yellow and orange, mottled skin. The interior contains a rich, jelly-like, lime green flesh studded with white seeds reminiscent of cucumber seeds. The melon has a sweet and tart, banana-lime taste. A flavor that is enhanced when chilled. The brighter the orange skin, the sweeter the flesh of the fruit. The Horn melon is the size of a large pear and generally weighs less than one pound. Both the seeds and the flesh are edible.
Available during the summer season, look for Horn melons beginning in spring.
The Horn melon is the fruit produced from the Cucumis metuliferus traveling vine plant. It is a member of the Cucurbitaceae family, along with most all melons as well as cucumbers and squashes. The Horn melon is one of few melons that actually resembles a cucumber more than a melon, as its seeds are found throughout its flesh, not just within a seed cavity. The Horn melon has several other vernacular names, including kiwano, African Horned melon, African Horned cucumber, hedged gourd, jelly melon, blowfish fruit, cherie and melano.
The Horn melon consists of over 90% water and is rich in vitamin C. It is also a source of iron and potassium.
Horn melon can be used in both sweet and savory recipes with or without its seeds. Use in sweet preparations such as ice creams, sorbets, syrups and fruit salads. To remove the seeds press the interior flesh through a fine mesh sieve. Use the seed free juice to flavor cocktails, smoothies, dressings and sauces. The hollowed shell makes an excellent and unique serving dish. Its flavor pairs well with melon, passion fruit, banana, coconut, honey and vanilla yogurt or ice cream. Horn melon will keep at room temperature or refrigerated for up to a week or ten days.
Having origins in Kalahari, Africa, where it grows wild, the Horn melon is primarily cultivated in New Zealand, where it was introduced in the 1930s. Though it is cultivated in New Zealand it is also considered an invasive noxious weed, which often happens when non-native plants are introduced to new landscapes. The Horn melon is also grown for ornamental purposes as it has actually been the winner of aesthetic prizes gaining recognition for its unusual appearance.
Recipes that include Horn Melon. One is easiest, three is harder.
|The Fruit Maven||Minty Blowfish - Kiwano Cocktail|
|Fat Free Vegan Kitchen||Kiwano, Banana, and Pineapple Sorbet|
|The Food Blog||The Devil's Kiwano Gazpacho|
|Fresh||Flounder with Kiwano Salsa|
|Culinary Arts||Kiwano & Lime Vinaigrette|
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Near La Jolla, California, United States
About 170 days ago, 5/04/16
Spotter's comments : Horn Melon spotted at Vons.
VONS Near La Jolla, California, United States
About 218 days ago, 3/17/16
Spotter's comments : Horn Melon spotted at VONS.
Sprouts Farmers Market Near La Jolla, California, United States
About 310 days ago, 12/16/15
Spotter's comments : Horn Melon spotted at Sprouts Farmers Market.
kroger Near Rolla, Missouri, United States
About 506 days ago, 6/03/15
Dekalb International Farmers Market 3000 E. Ponce Near Panthersville, Georgia, United States
About 544 days ago, 4/26/15
Whole Foods Market
Whole Foods Market - InterbayNear Seattle, Washington, United States
2001 15th Avenue W, Seattle 98119
About 545 days ago, 4/25/15
Spotter's comments : Horn Melon spotted at Whole Foods Market. Looks like something that doesn't wish to be eaten. But it's not harmful, only delicious and unique ;)
Ralphs GroceryNear San Diego, California, United States
1030 University Ave , San Diego 92103
About 657 days ago, 1/03/15
Spotter's comments : Horn Melon spotted at Ralphs Hillcrest.