Sunday, January 15, 2006

Beware the Kiwano

What is a "kiwano"? Some mysterious creature of the deep? And alien lifeform recently discovered in the Arctic? A nickname for aboriginal people from New Zealand?

Nope. The African Horned Melon, or kiwano, is part of the cucumber family. It supposedly "tastes of cucumber and citrus." To me, it tasted rather like lime Jello made with only half the flavoring packet.

The kiwano was an impulse buy at Wegmans, and when I got home I quickly googled it to see what culinary delights awaited me. Alas, there seems to be a general consensus that kiwanos were not Mother Nature's best work. The consensus was borne out by experience. The seeds were slippery, yet chewy like immature watermelon seeds. The membrane was bitter, like the pith of an orange. The Human Vacuum remarked that the bright green fruit bore a certain uncanny resemblance to the "blood" that oozes from injured extraterrestrials on the SciFi channel.

The fruit was quite spiffy looking (inside and out), which perhaps explains its frequently mentioned "ornamental" uses. Anyway, that's what we ended up using it for: We admired the remaining half while eating bowls of vanilla ice cream for dessert instead.

9 comments:

mzn said...

At least the pictures came out nice. The top one has a great cool/gross effect.

Katherine said...

Thanks. I was quite pleased with the "swamp thing" look of the first one. Just goes to show that there are some benefits to playing with your food.

scott said...

Fun! I need to try more impulse buys. Bravo.

dotty said...

oh! That's what they are called! I bought a couple during my trip to Guatemala over Christmas and I loved them! I guess I'm into the 'lime Jello with half the flavoring packet' taste. And the texture was actually pleasingly slimey LOL! I guess it was ripe, because there was no bitterness to it.
Btw - I usually buy fruits I'm not familiar with in supermarkets in America and my general impression is that everything that was worth anything got internationalized.

Ryan said...

i would say the flavor is more kiwi.

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