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Tropical fruit with a bright green pulp: this is what kiwano tastes like

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When you first look at the kiwano from the outside with its blunt, horn-like thorns, you can hardly guess the scrumptiousness of what’s inside.

Kiwano taste and origin

That’s because the kiwano – also known as horned melon – which belongs to the cucurbit family, tastes like an entire fruit cocktail in one, with flavors primarily similar to lime, melon, passion fruit and banana. Around four inches wide and two inches thick, the fruit comes from the steppe plains of the Kalahari region in Africa. Today, however, Kiwano is also grown outside Africa, namely in Israel, Portugal, Australia or New Zealand. It is now available on the European market all year round.

Recipe tip: Granitée
The kiwano is tasty in drinks, but also gives a unique touch to granitée. All you need as ingredients are three kiwanos, the juice of half a lemon and 50 grams (1/4 cup) of sugar. Tip: The peel can serve as a fancy little bowl for the granitée.

Hard shell, gooey center – how to eat kiwano properly

A kiwano is eaten in a similar way to the kiwi: you cut it in half lengthwise and then simply scoop out the gooey green pulp. Although the seeds are edible, if you are bothered by them, you can strain the inside through a sieve. The hard and robust shell of the tropical fruit is not edible, however you can easily use it as a container to make a fruity cocktail or as a bowl for a fruit salad, for example.


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Green-orange interplay of colors

Kiwano changes color as it matures – from green to yellow to orange. When buying, make sure the fruit peel is an intense yellow-orange color and undamaged, and its thorns are firm. The fruit can be stored at room temperature for some time. If the thorns or the peel of the fruit become soft, it is a sign that it is spoiled. In this case, it should not be eaten, but rather thrown away.

Using the kimono in (professional) kitchens

Its relatively high price and exotic appearance make the kiwano the perfect exclusive ingredient for salads, for example. The refreshing fruit pulp of the kiwano is also ideal for decorating or adding to desserts or fruit salads.

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