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#1 Geebus

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Posted 11 April 2015 - 01:20 PM

Hey guys found this on my property it grows on a vine like a pumpkin. Is spiky as f*** and the inside looks like a lime but smells like a cucumber... I would greatly appreciate your help as I'd like to know if its edible :) ta!Attached File  IMG_20150411_134047.jpg   130.74KB   0 downloadsAttached File  IMG_20150411_134052.jpg   128.22KB   0 downloads
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Posted 11 April 2015 - 01:23 PM

eat it Geebus, eat it, eat it ,eat it!!!

 

not really  :)

 

looks like a cucumber.

 

what do the leaves and vine look like?


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Posted 11 April 2015 - 01:25 PM

I'll go get pics. Hold up

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Posted 11 April 2015 - 01:30 PM

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Posted 11 April 2015 - 01:32 PM

Kiwano is a fruit of many names—horned melon, horned cucumber and even English tomato. It is thought to be part of the melon family, has a jelly-like flesh and tastes somewhere between a cucumber and banana with the tangy taste of lemon.

In its native land, the Kiwano is eaten as a snack or in salad while in other countries its vibrant skin is regularly used to garnish dishes as well as being an edible fruit. All parts, including the seeds and skin, are edible, though it is more common to eat only the pulp.

 

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Posted 11 April 2015 - 01:36 PM

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This thing has prickly leaves and stem like a pumpkin and ripens to orange like a pumpkin but has nothingelse similar to a pumpkin the iinside is cucumber like. Wtf is this thing lol I very much want to eat it! ;)
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Posted 11 April 2015 - 01:40 PM

Omg thank you so much glimpse!!! That was quick mate well done! I shall taste this mofo post-haste and report back. I've never seen anything like it :) thanks mate!!!!
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Posted 11 April 2015 - 01:40 PM

looks tasty :drool2:

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Posted 11 April 2015 - 02:05 PM

It is tasty :P it tastes like lemony cucumber. Slightly tomatoish. Very fresh zesty flavour would go excellently in a salad me thinks! Wicked! Cheers glimpse I'll distribute some seed to interested peeps. The vine is big and is growing on a pile of old vegetation and prickly pear cacti so I need to make a hook to be able to reach them safely once more ripe ones show up. They would also make a fine top for a mace!
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Posted 11 April 2015 - 04:47 PM

id be keen for some seeds



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Posted 11 April 2015 - 05:09 PM

Sure thing dude I'll keep you in mind when I've dried some seed :)
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Posted 11 April 2015 - 07:45 PM

My brother picked up a kiwano a few years ago and straight away his hands, face and eyes swelled up like they were going to explode. :blink:

 

Turns out it's one of the only things he's allergic to (that, and aspirin, go figure). 

 

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Posted 12 April 2015 - 08:07 AM

That sucks antonsyd! I have no allergies that i know of so I can't imagine what a reaction like that would feel like. Very unfortunate. These things are delicious.
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Posted 12 April 2015 - 11:54 AM

know em as african horned cucumber,knock the top off and eat the pulp with a spoon.

 

Kiwano may be a marketing name (?), the NZ crews were ramping up production (think kiwifruit).

 

They will grow well in the cooler parts of oz as well :wink:

 

EDIT - there is some varietal differences as well, grow a heap of them and there will be subtle

differences in taste.


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Posted 19 April 2015 - 04:27 PM

thats a pretty common weed

i knew it was african but not that it was any good to eat lol


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Posted 21 April 2015 - 01:59 PM

Interesting! Would love some seed, let me know when their ready for trade please and ill swing ya something in return..
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