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Horned melon
Cucurbitaceae
Cucumis metuliferus


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Cucurbitaceae Family

Cucumis Genus

Location

This one was located at Brazil, unknown origin.

The horned melon is native to Africa, and it is now grown in California and New Zealand as well.

Physical Description
The horned melon (Cucumis metuliferus), also called African horned cucumber or melon, jelly melon, hedged gourd, melano, or kiwano, is an annual vine in the cucumber and melon family.

This fruit has a unique taste. It has a slight tangy taste of banana, believe it or not!


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Cucurbitaceae
Cucurbitaceae
Cucurbitales
Cucurbitales
Order of Cucumbers
NOX Clad
Nitrogen Bean Clad
Oxid-Faba
Fabidae
Bean-Like Class
Eurosids
Real Rose Class
Rosids
Rosids
Rose-Like Class
Core Eudicots
Core Eudicots
Main, Real, Two First-Leaves (Dicots)
Eudicots
Eudicots
Real, Two First-Leaves (Dicots)
Mesangiospermae
Mesangiospermae
Half Capsule Seed Division
Magnoliophyta
Magnoliophyta
Magnolia Division
Spermatophytes
Spermatophytes
Seed Plants
Euphyllophytina
Real Land Plants
Polysporangiates
Multiple Spore Sub-Kingdom
Stomatophytes
Stomatophytes
Air Pores Sub-Kingdom
Embryophytes
Embryophytes
Multicellular Land Plants
Streptobionta
Streptobionta
Multicellular Plants
Plantae
Plantae
Plants
Eukaryota
Eukaryota
Cells with a Nucleus


General Information

Often known by it's nickname in the southeastern United States - blowfish fruit - it is grown for its fruit, which looks like an oval melon with horn-like spines. The fruit of this plant is edible, but it is used as often for decoration as for food.
In Zimbabwe, this cucumber is called 'gaka' or 'gakachika' and it is primarily used as a fruit-snack, salad and rarely for decoration. It is eaten young, mature green or when ripe - bright yellow orange (eaten at any stage of its development). It grows naturally in the fields and also in the bush. However, some people leave some to rot in the fields for next summer seeds plants. Its taste has been compared to a combination of cucumber and zucchini or a combination of banana, cucumber and lemon. Some eat the peeling as well. It has a replica that does not have horns, but looks and tastes similar. The seeds are covered in a gelatin-like substance. The skin is very rich in vitamin c and fibre.

The fruit is fairly expensive, known to cost as much as $4.99 USD per melon at grocery retailers in the United States.


A traditional food plant in Africa, this little-known fruit has potential to improve nutrition, boost food security, foster rural development and support sustainable landcare.

In terms of chemical make up it is similar to others in the family Cucurbitaceae.



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Horned melon - September 03, 2009



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Horned melon - September 03, 2009



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Horned melon - September 03, 2009



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Horned melon - September 03, 2009



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Horned melon - September 03, 2009



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Horned melon - September 03, 2009



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Horned melon - September 03, 2009



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Horned melon - September 03, 2009



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Horned melon - September 03, 2009



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Horned melon - September 03, 2009



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Horned melon - August 30, 2009



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Horned melon - August 30, 2009



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Horned melon - August 30, 2009



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Horned melon - August 30, 2009



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Horned melon - August 30, 2009



Horned melon
Horned melon - August 30, 2009



Horned melon
Horned melon - August 30, 2009

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