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Plantidote of the Day 2011-01-25

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horned melon

Cucumis metuliferus

Kiwano horned melon

Strange fruit we have here. It's called a melon, but the kiwano is actually a member of the cucumber family. It tastes like a combination of banana and lemon, according to some sources. Others say it tastes like a sweet cucumber. This one is still sitting in the kitchen, waiting for me to get up the nerve to slice it open.

Apparently, it's bright green inside and filled with edible seeds. Serving suggestions are all over the place. Some say it's best sliced in a fruit salad, others recommend eating it with ice cream (!), or just sprinkling a little sugar on top. Maybe I'll experiment later and report back. It's so odd looking, I kind of hate to eat it. On the other hand, the ice cream suggestion sounds appropriately weird ... and interesting.

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