This highly decorative fruit looks like a small oval melon with many protruding horns . They start off green then mature to a bright yellow-orange as they grow. Its flavour is likened to a cross between cucumber, lemon-lime and banana. Only the pulp inside is edible, which is bright green with a jelly-like consistency and contains small edible white seeds.

The horned melon is native to Africa.

HORNED MELON are classed as a fruit.


Horned melons are best eaten slightly chilled. Sprinkle with sugar if desired, or add to fruit salads. The pulp may also be used as a topping for ice cream.

Nutritional Information

Typical values per 100g (raw): energy 25 kcal, 115 kJ; protein 0.5g; carbohydrate 3.0g; fat 0.3g.


Cut in half to reveal a mass of bright green jelly, encasing edible seeds. Scoop out the pulp with a spoon.


Store at room temperature. Horned melons do not ripen further after harvest.


Choose horned melons that have yellow-orange rinds. Avoid fruit with split or cracked rinds.

Fun Fact

The horned melon is a member of the cucumber family. It is often referred to as the Kiwano (specific to fruit grown in New Zealand), Jelly Melon or Horned Cucumber.


Shown below is where this item grows in the world and where it may come from when you buy it at your supermarket or local shop.