How to eat a Kiwano Melon

So, previously, we have explore an ugli fruit as well as a dragon fruit, now, we have moved on to a kiwano melon, something that I had not even heard of before.  Of course, these all come off of the imported/exotic fruits display at the store, and interestingly, there are quite a few other fruits that we have yet to try.  As always, I let Elizabeth pick what she wished to explore, and though quite pricy for a single fruit, this time she chose the orange, spiky thing that I didn’t recognize and had absolutely no idea how to eat.

010The day that we decided to cut it up, I turned again to the trusty internet to show me the way, and found instructions on wikihow.com – fancy that, didn’t know that there was a wiki- how-to site, I learned two new things that day!

The wiki-site advised that the fruit could just be sliced in half and the pulp and seeds scooped out and eaten…or slurped up with a straw.  Well, for a 5-year-old, one must eat from the fruit shell – and with a straw if at all possible!

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So I let her go to it, giving half of the fruit to Paul, but he was more concerned with the birds out the window than with the fruit, which was ok.  Elizabeth experimented with the straw, but having a little difficulty sucking them up, decided to scoop them out, then suck them up.  She may have also been planning on removing the seeds from the pulp, which the site suggested too if you aren’t terribly impressed with them, but I don’t think she got that far…

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Elizabeth was very excited about this one, and as she scooped and played in the goo, she asked all sorts of questions about where it came from and why it had spikes on it and if it grows on a tree or on the ground.  Deciding that then was better than any other time to look into it, I did another search on the ipad to find out.  Wikipedia came up as the most informational and first source, so that’s where I turned, follow this link to read on yourself more about this interesting fruit.

I found out that being a member of the cucumber and melon family, it grows on a vine.  This spiky melon originates from Africa, including being one of the few sources of water during the dry season in the Kalahari Desert.  It has a number of other names, including horned melon, and our favorite, the blowfish fruit.  Then, wanting to show her where the Kalahari Desert is, I did a search for images for that, and finding one that showed enough of the world for her to get a good idea, I clicked to open it – and ended up with some page with no maps but adds with nudy women in them, yikes!  Good thing I do the searching, because you  just never know what you are going to get!  It disturbed me all the rest of the day…

So, while a Kiwano Melon has nothing to do with naked women, it is lots of fun to explore new foods with my child and helps us explore the world right here in our own kitchen.

Share your thoughts:  Have you ever eaten a Kiwano Melon?

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