Kiwano (1 Fruit)
Curiosities, beneficial properties and how to use Kiwano in the kitchen
Kiwano , also known as African melon or water cucumber, is a fruit native to central and southern Africa. It is a climbing plant that produces oval-shaped fruits, up to 15 cm long and up to 7 cm wide , with a yellow-green external skin with thorny protuberances. The internal pulp is gelatinous, orange in color and contains numerous seeds. Kiwano has a similar flavor to green apple, watermelon and lemon.
Kiwano is a source of vitamins C and A, potassium, magnesium and fiber . In the kitchen it is mainly used to decorate dishes, because the gelatinous pulp, rich in seeds, gives it an original appearance . Kiwano pulp can be used to prepare jams, ice creams and sorbets.
Kiwano has also been used in traditional medicine to treat digestive problems and to fight parasites.
Kiwano cultivation is limited and therefore can be difficult to find in local markets. Furthermore, being a delicate fruit, it requires adequate transportation and storage to avoid damage during transportation.