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Kiwano: health benefits and preparation of kiwanos

  1. The melon variety kiwano originated in the Kalahari in Africa. The Kiwano is related to the cucumber and melon. Today the kiwano is also grown in New Zealand, Australia, Kenya, Israel and Italy. It is also known as the horned melon or prickly pear. The fruit is ovoid and covered with horny, pointed shoots. The kiwano can reach a length of between 10 and 14 cm and is 8 cm thick. The fruit peel can have a color from yellow to red. It is very sturdy. The inside of the tropical fruit, the pulp, is greenish, soft and gel-like. The pulp is divided into compartments containing many edible seeds. These are edible. The thick skin, on the other hand, is not edible. When purchased, a kiwano should look pristine. The kiwano should not be kept in the refrigerator.

What is a kiwano?

  1. Horned melon The kiwano is a relatively unknown fruit in the Netherlands in 2020. Every now and then the fruit can be found in the supermarket. The kiwano looks sensational with its bright green fruit and orange apple peel, covered with cones. The plant has a botanical relationship with melon and cucumber. Despite its name, the kiwano has nothing to do with the kiwi

Health benefits of kiwano's

  1. Nutritional value Like its close relatives (cucumber and melon), the kiwano consists mainly of water. The fruit therefore helps to maintain your moisture level on a hot day, also because it is rich in potassium

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