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, cucumber or melon
, elly melon
, hedged gourd
, English tomatoCucumis metuliferus
, Kiwano Melone
, C. metuliferus
, Horned melon
, Melón africano espinudo
, pepino africano
The horned melon, also called melano, African horned cucumber or melon, jelly melon, hedged gourd,
English tomato, or kiwano, is the vine Cucumis metuliferus and is of African origin. It is grown for
its fruit, which looks like an oval melon with horns. The fruit of this plant is edible, but it is used
as often for decoration as for food. Though the horned melon is native to the Kalahari desert, it is now
grown in California and New Zealand.
The dark-green pulp of this unique fruit has a delightfully refreshing flavour profile evocative of bananas,
cucumbers, limes, and passionfruit. Its versatility in desserts is shown in its use as a topping for cheesecakes,
flans, mousses, soufflés, sundaes, and pavlova. It can also be an ingredient in smoothies.