|Cucumis metuliferus fruit|
|Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)|
|Energy||183 kJ (44 kcal)|
|Vitamin A equiv.|
|Pantothenic acid (B5)|
|†Percentages are roughly approximated using US recommendations for adults. |
Source: USDA FoodData Central
Cucumis metuliferus, commonly called the African horned cucumber, horned melon, spiked melon, jelly melon, kiwano, or cuke-a-saurus is an annual vine in the cucumber and melon family, Cucurbitaceae. Its fruit has horn-like spines, hence the name "horned melon". The ripe fruit has orange skin and lime green, jelly-like flesh. C. metuliferus is native to Southern Africa. It is found in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and Angola.
Kiwano is a traditional food plant in Africa. Along with the Gemsbok cucumber (Acanthosicyos naudinianus) and Tsamma (Citron melon) it is one of the few sources of water during the dry season in the Kalahari Desert. In northern Zimbabwe it is called gaka or gakachika, and is primarily used as a snack or salad, and rarely for decoration. It can be eaten at any stage of ripening, but when overripe, it will burst forcefully to release seeds.
The fruit's taste has been compared to a combination of banana and passionfruit or a combination of banana, cucumber and lime. Upon tasting it for the first time on-air in 1987, David Letterman described it as "damned near inedible." A small amount of salt or sugar can increase the flavor but the seed content can make eating the fruit less convenient than many common fruits.
kiwano (plural kiwanos)
- A horned melon.
- IPA(key): /ˈkiwɑno/, [ˈkiwɑno̞]
- Rhymes: -iwɑno
- Syllabification: ki‧wa‧no
- horned melon
- IPA(key): /kʲiˈva.nɔ/
- impersonal past of kiwać