Cucumber Seeds - Jelly Melon Cucumber
- 15 Seeds
- Maturity: 120 Days from Planting
- Not a True Cucumber (Botanically)
- Oval Fruits with Soft Thorns
- Green to Gold Jelly-Filled Fruits
- Flavor Resembles Pomegranate and Citrus
- Rich in Vitamin C
- Originates from Africa Near the Kalahari Desert
The Jelly Melon, more commonly known to some as Kiwano or the African Horned Cucumber, is an exotic and unique fruit that traces its origins back to Africa, specifically near the Kalahari Desert. Although its name includes 'cucumber', botanically speaking, it doesn't belong to the true cucumber family. This melon has been cherished for generations, not just for its taste but also for its decorative appeal, adding vibrancy and intrigue to any setting.
Beyond its decorative allure, the Jelly Melon offers a taste profile that stands out. Once you get past the thorny oval exterior, the inside reveals a greenish to gold jelly packed with seeds. The flavor is a captivating blend reminiscent of pomegranate and citrus. This melon is not just a treat for the palate but also a health booster, being notably high in Vitamin C. Its versatility means you can enjoy it fresh or incorporate it into various culinary delights.
Growing Habits & Planting Instructions:
The Jelly Melon requires patience, with a maturity span reaching up to 120 days. The fruits, characterized by their soft thorns, transition in color from green to a vibrant gold as they ripen. For optimal growth, plant the seeds in well-draining soil under full sun. Regular watering will aid in its development, and it's essential to be vigilant, ensuring the melons are harvested at the right stage for the best flavor and texture.
Discover the taste of the African desert with the Jelly Melon Seeds!