Cucumis metuliferus , African Horned Cucumber, Kiwano

Cucumis metuliferus

African Horned Cucumber, Kiwano
Family: Cucurbitaceae
Origin: Africa
Groundcover and low-growing 2ft plantVine or creeper plantFull sunRegular waterYellow, orange flowersEdible plant

It is a vining annual that can be grown practically anywhere, provided a warm season. Bright orange, ovaloid fruit with numerous prominent spines. Flesh is bright green, watery, and with a slight sweetness. Plants can produce up to 100 fruits on a single vine. Provide support for the tendrils to grab. Grow much like pumpkins or watermelons, in full sun, provide regular water.

Fruit eaten raw. Cut open the ripe fruit and sprinkle with sugar, which enhances the flavor considerably. The seeds are edible.

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