per 100 grams
Carbohydrates 7.6 g
Proteins 1.8 g
Fats 1.3 g
Water 89 g
Trans Fats 0 ug
Ash 0.4 grams

Horned Melon

44 Calories per 100g

Horned melon (Cucumis metuliferus) is a unique type of melon that is native to Africa and can sometimes be found in other parts of the world. Also known as Kenyan melon, jelly melon, African horned cucumber, hedged gourd, English tomato, and many other names, this fruit has spiked protrusions that protrude from its skin, giving it a somewhat alien-like appearance. Its vibrant green or yellow rind is covered with curving green and brown horns – hence the name.

Once you get past its intimidating exterior, the Horned melon is packed with nutritional values and flavor, making it a favorite in many cuisines. It is high in fiber and protein, vitamins A and C, calcium, iron, and other essential minerals. It also has mild diuretic and laxative qualities, meaning it is great for digestion and overall health.

In terms of taste, Horned melons are sweet and slightly tart. They can be eaten raw or cooked, and can be found in many recipes – ranging from salads to smoothies to exotic tarts. They have a similar taste profile to a cucumber and can often serve as a substitute. They can also be juiced and used to make a refreshing cocktail.

As the melon matures, the flavor of the flesh becomes stronger, and it develops an even more striking exterior. Hues of yellow, red, orange, and pink can be seen all in one piece. Depending on where it is grown, the size, color, and flavor of the melon will vary.

The melon's horns are useful in more ways than one. The thorns serve as a natural protection for the melon, which can help when it is growing in unfavorable conditions, such as the warm, dry climate of Africa. The horns also act as a handle, making it easy to peel or just pick up.

In some parts of the world, the Horned melon is also purported to have medicinal qualities. There is limited research into these claims, but historically, the fruit has been used to treat a variety of ailments, including fever, indigestion, hematemesis, edema, and gout. In Chinese medicine, it has been used to cleanse the liver and purify the blood.

Horned melons can be a fun and interesting way to incorporate new flavors and nutrition into your diet. While they are not widely available in grocery stores, they can often be found at specialty markets, farmer’s markets, or online. Look for one that appears firm and slightly heavy for its size, and the horns should still be intact. The flesh should be bright green or yellow, and slightly sweet.

When it comes to storing the melon, you can keep it on the kitchen counter for several days, or place it in the refrigerator if you plan on eating it in the near future. If you have any leftovers, you can grate the melon and freeze it for up to three months.

Horned melons are a unique and versatile fruit that contains a wealth of nutrients and flavors. Once you get past the intimidating exterior, you will be rewarded with a sweet and tart experience that is packed with health benefits – definitely worth giving a try!