Kiwano or Horned Melon

Kiwano or Horned Melon

Have you ever heard of a kiwano? Me neither.

If you have heard of the kiwano, or horned melon, then you are probably aware that they can be quite tasty and dangerous. When I saw them at the co-op I picked one up and was poked by the spines covering the melon’s orangey- brown exterior. I was not expecting them to be as sharp as they were. When we sampled some I was pleasantly surprised by their mild kiwi, lemon, and banana flavor. The kiwano didn’t have an overpowering or lingering flavor that accompanies most tropical fruit. It was light and the flavor was friendlier than its appearance. This fruit is definitely a lesson in judging things for what’s on their insides!

Horned Melon

Depending on your level of culinary wanderlust you might just want to run far far away from this spiky produce item. I urge you to reconsider and try the kiwano for its pulp. Our shift supervisor, Allison, was extremely happy to see that these crazy little fruits had arrived and she immediately suggested a horned melon salsa. Because she had to go to Boston on Friday, she prepared the horned melon salsa on Thursday and e-mailed me some pictures.

When cutting the horned melon grasp it with a clean terry cloth towel to prevent yourself from being injured by the fruit.

Horned Melon Salsa

1 horned melon, seeded (or 2 kiwis, peeled and chopped)
Juice of 2 limes
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
1/8 cup red onion, chopped
1/2 teaspoon jalapeno, chopped
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Horned Melon Salsa

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl and serve with chips!

Recipe via: Society Wellness

Horned Melon

Horned Melon Salsa

I suggest enjoying this salsa with a chicken taco or some sort of protein, because the horned melon is so light it can provide a great accompaniment to most meats. You will want to use it where it will be seen, due to its amazing green color! The visual impact of this salsa will make any dish you serve it with look and taste better.

The plus side is that the horned melon has a decent vitamin and mineral content, specifically is a good source of iron (14%DV), vitamin C (20% DV) and magnesium (23%DV). Source: Wikipedia

While the exterior of this spiny African fruit is quite intimidating, once you open it up and discover the highly nutritional and delicious pulp you will be back for more!