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Kiwano Melon: How To Eat It For Maximum Health Benefits

Kiwano melon, also known as a horned melon and an African horned cucumber, is a fruit that originated in the Kalahari Desert.

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Thanks to its amazing health benefits, the Kiwano horned melon is becoming popular around the globe.

It is now grown in the United States, Germany, Italy, Chile, Australia, and New Zealand.

I first saw this unique fruit when I was walking through a fruit market in Tucson, Arizona.

One melon sells for 4 US dollars, which makes it pretty expensive but I wanted to try it.

How to eat a Kiwano melon

Cut it in half, grab a spoon, and dig in.

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Contrary to some reports, the Kiwano melon skin is also edible.

If you do decide to eat the skin, make sure you wash it thoroughly to prevent any germs or pesticides getting into your body.

I didn’t eat the skin but the inside tasted like a mix of banana, cucumber, and Kiwi fruit.

The seeds are incredibly tough and hard to chew but don’t spit them out.

The seeds contain high concentrations of beneficial nutrients and organic compounds that make the fruit so healthy.

Kiwano melon health benefits

Kiwano is packed with vitamins A and C, antioxidants, and loads of organic compounds.

These essential nutrients help keep your skin healthy and reduce wrinkles and age spots.

Kiwano is rich in a powerful antioxidant known as alpha-tocopherol.

This potent antioxidant protects you from potentially damaging free radicals, while also boosting your immune system to help you fight off viruses and pathogenic bacteria.

Kiwano melons also help to keep your bones strong, boost your metabolism, aid digestion, and keep your heart healthy.

Kiwano melon weight loss

 For many who struggle with their weight, the Kiwano melon is your best friend!

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This fruit is seriously good for weight loss.

It’s made up of over 80% water which means you’ll get full faster without packing on the pounds.

Its high amount of zinc plays a key role in metabolism which influences weight loss — or weight gain.

Kiwano melon recipe

Kiwano melons are best used for a smoothie.

If you enjoy healthy smoothies, then you are certainly going to love this Kiwano smoothie which is jam-packed with other powerful superfoods.


1/2 Kiwano melon, peeled, seeded and diced

1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt

1 handful of ice

Single serving of organic whey protein

1 teaspoon of cinnamon

Add all the ingredients in a blender and enjoy!

Kiwano melon facts

The Kiwano grows on the ground from a vine and can be sliced open and eaten raw.

Kiwano Melons can last several months when stored at room temperature

In the U.S., Kiwano melons can be found in local markets but are expensive. Expect to pay anywhere between $4 to $8 for a single melon.