African Horned Melon: African horned melon

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African Horned Melon

By greene
March 13, 2014

This fruit has many names. It originated in Africa and has been called Horned Melon, Hedged Melon, Melano, and a few other names, the most amusing one being Jelly Melon and the most inexplicable one being English Tomato. The fruit made its way to New Zealand, where the name 'Kiwano' was added (patented name) because they had such good luck getting the world to eat Kiwi fruit and thought Kiwano would catch on more quickly than African Horned Melon.

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texaskitty111
Mar 12, 2014 7:35 PM CST
That was fascinating. Always like to read about new, ah... fruits?.....vegetables?.......Halloween ammunition? Thanks
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greene
Mar 12, 2014 9:51 PM CST
I have some seeds if anyone wants to try growing these. The germination test was even better than in the article - 33 of the 36 seeds germinated.

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DavidofDeLand
Mar 13, 2014 5:33 AM CST
Fascinating, fun and well written article Greene! Thumbs up I tip my hat to you.
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wildflowers
Mar 13, 2014 8:06 AM CST
Great article, Greene!! Thumbs up

What an interesting fruit. And what a nice bonus for you to offer seeds! Hurray!
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Horseshoe
Mar 13, 2014 5:52 PM CST
Nice article, greene. And great to see you really put this horned melon to the test...growing it, eating it, saving seeds, etc.

Looking forward to your NEXT write-up~

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Name: Greene
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greene
Mar 13, 2014 8:34 PM CST
Thanks for the nice words everyone. Never knew writing could be so much fun.

Hey @Horseshoe, I failed to put the melons through ALL the tests.
@texaskitty111 pointed out Thank You! one flaw in my studies -

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mcash70
Mar 15, 2014 11:03 AM CST
Very interesting article on a strange looking, and from the sounds of it, tasting fruit. Good job green! Thumbs up
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greene
Mar 15, 2014 2:24 PM CST
Thanks.
And it's very easy to grow!
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greene
Apr 3, 2014 2:21 PM CST
This next part will give you an idea of how disorganized I am, but what the heck...

I had tested the Horned Melons to see how long I could store them at room temperature; that was in the article already.

But I just found another Horned Melon that had fallen behind something on a very unused part of my kitchen (behind the cookbooks). And, yep, it's still good. Do these things ever go bad?
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texaskitty111
Apr 19, 2014 10:36 AM CST
Did you test them for throwing distance, and splatter radious yet?
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mcash70
Apr 19, 2014 2:14 PM CST
texaskitty111 said:Did you test them for throwing distance, and splatter radious yet?

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greene
Apr 19, 2014 3:40 PM CST
They are food; no, I do not throw food.
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