‘Horned Melons’ in Kilome

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Planted and sold locally at roadside fruit banda’s
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Other names:
Thorn Melon
African horned cucumber Melon Gaka/Gakchika (Zimbabwe)
Kiwano (New Zealand)
Jelly Melon
Hedged Gourd
Melano
Blow Fish fruit (USA)

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It’s an annual vine in cucumber and Melon family known to produce upto 100 fruits per creeper and is a source of liquid for ‘Kalahari desert’ peoples during dry season (where the plant originated).

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Fruit Picked and eaten either when young, when fruit is green and kept until it turns yellow/orange or picked when yellow/orange. The inner fruit is sucked the same way as passion fruit. Many people drop out the seeds that are edible, others eat the pulp too.
uses:
– fruit
– fruit juices
– in salads
– in bar cocktails
– ice creams & yorghut
– Health

Known health benefits:
– from it’s seeds 1mg of iron per fruit, that’s higher than a full water melon.
– seeds produce boleic acid and linolec acids one of Omega 6 fatty Acids
– antioxidants a-cocopheral & y tocopheral in seeds (both) organic forms of Vitamin E that is known to create healthy skin & helps neutralize damaging ‘free radicals’ that cause chronic diseases such as Cardiovascular disease and Cancer. It’s also thought to relieve Alzheimers and Parkinsons disease.
– Pigments in seeds & pulp contains Carotenoid & Beta Carotene (Vitamin A) that helps strengthen the body immune system, maintain eye and skin health, while inhibiting growth of free radicals thereby preventing cancer.

Text & Images
©Muoki Kioko 2009-2013
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