Week 38: Kiwano

23 Sep

Walking through the produce department at Whole Foods, I came across this:

The sticker said “kiwano” and, as a side note, those little horns are much more prickly than one would think.

I brought it home and found a YouTube video on how to eat a kiwano. I watched and learned, trying to ignore the part where the woman says, “It looks like slime.”

Just like the guy in the video, I cut it in half. Yeah, it totally looks like slime. (Remember You Can’t Do That on Television?)

But I pulled myself together and tackled the slimy middle.  The green seeds were the texture of cucumber seeds, but the taste was cucumber-and-banana-had-a-baby, which is a combination that is completely weird to taste, but really good. I’m definitely a kiwano fan and will be eating it again.

Kiwanos are often called African horned cucumbers or jelly melons. They are native to southern and central Africa, but are also grown in New Zealand and California. Kiwano melon is a good source of vitamin C, vitamin A, and iron. One website I found said that sometimes people use the shells as unique servings bowls for soups and desserts. I find that really clever, while also being way too much work for me, but it’s nice to dream of someday being that organized and crafty.

2 Responses to “Week 38: Kiwano”

  1. Christina September 23, 2011 at 5:05 pm #

    Oooh – interesting fruit! I’ve never seen this before but I’ll have to try it out if I do. You’re a brave, brave woman eating green slime Kimbo; I’m impressed :).

  2. Dylan Charles September 24, 2011 at 9:33 am #

    I tried a cactus pear recently. It…didn’t go over well.

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