If you’ve been looking for a way to legitimately use the word “horny” in a conversation, then this Kiwano Melon is the fruit for you!
APPEARANCE Rating: ★★★★★

This reminds me of a punk rock tiger fish! It is a spiky orange fruit with animal-like yellow spotting. The flesh is a gorgeous bright green that is in an amazing geometric pattern.

AROMA Rating: ★★½☆☆


TEXTURE Rating: ★½☆☆☆

Very gelatinous – each seed is surrounded by a little jelly sack with a very firm membrane – its not like you can bite through and get to juice.  Lots and lots of edible seeds (think cucumber).

TASTE Rating: ★★½☆☆

The jelly part is a lot like a cucumber with the slightest hint of melon or kiwi or maybe lemon.  The seeds are fairly neutral tasting and somewhat annoying – they aren’t easy to chew or swallow.

OVERALL Overall Rating: ★★★☆☆

Way more fun to look at than eat in my opinion. Granted I have not yet doctored it up with sugar and poured it over ice cream but I could douse lots of things in sugar and down them with a bite of ice cream and I’m not sure that justifies eating them.


Kiwano/Horned Melon




Year Round




New Zealand


Grocery Store


Also called African horned cucumber or melon, jelly melon, hedged gourd, English tomato, melano or Kiwano melon but the best of the best names this guy goes by is a Southwestern US nickname– Blowfish Fruit!


When in season, you can buy Kiwano Melons at most asian stores, some standard grocery stores and online here. If you get them online, a small amount will go to support the Fruit Maven. So thanks in advance!