Cucumis metuliferus, a plant whose fruits are edible

Cucumis metuliferus  also known as Kiwano, African Melon, Spiny Melon, Pumpkin with Thorns, Jelly Melon or Kalahari Cucumber . It belongs to the cucurbitaceae family. It is native to Africa, but today it is grown in Chile, Spain, Argentina, Israel, New Zealand and Australia.

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Characteristics of the Cucumis metuliferus

Cucurbit plant , climbing, with numerous hairs along its leaves and stems.

The leaves are ovate, cut in their contour up to 3 m long, without lobes or sometimes palmate.

The male flowers are solitary greenish to yellow in color. While the female flowers are dark green and the corolla yellow.

The fruit is about 10 cm long and 6 cm wide, with a yellow-brown color and fleshy spines.

The interior is similar to the cucumber in the shape and arrangement of the seeds. The fleshy and mucilaginous part is unparalleled.

Cucumis metuliferus care

It is a species that requires warm climates and can reach one meter in height.

It requires being in full sun for it to grow properly.

It is necessary to protect yourself from winds and intense and long periods of cold.

It is sensitive to frost and is able to survive on a minimal supply of water.

The best soil is one that has a sandy, loamy structure with good drainage. In addition, it needs to be fertile with a good content of organic matter. For this you would have to have a good compost.

Irrigation should be moderate, avoiding puddles.

It can be steered or left creeping. To do this, it would be necessary to analyze the conditions for it to develop properly.

There are no pests that can harm the plant. However, the diseases that can make it susceptible in a significant way is cryptogamic that is caused by damage, or by excess humidity.


It uses insects to pollinate its flowers endowed with monoecious reproductive units.

It is grown thanks to its edible fruit for various dishes. Even when the fruit is ripe it is used as a decoration in table arrangements.

In the wild, as it has traces of cucurbitacins that give it a bitter taste, it makes it toxic to mammals, causing colic, diarrhea and vomiting.

Its main content is water, so it has a low caloric value, but its great contribution of potassium stands out.

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