African Cucumber, which is scientifically known as ‘Cucumis Metuliferus‘ and has other informal names as the “Horned melon”, “Spiky Melon”, “Kiwano Melon” is most commonly called “African Horned Melon”. This horned cucumber when ripe tastes like an offspring of banana, cucumber and lime, three of these mixed together!
This traditional fruit plant of Central and South Africa is mostly seen growing in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana. It is said that a single vine of this fruit can produce about 100 fruits. The edible parts of this fruit are its green flesh, the root and also the leaves of its plants.
Kiwano, cutely titled ‘Jelly melon’ or ‘blowfish fruit’ requires warm and highly humid conditions to grow happily. 4 months’ time is all you need to see them grow from seeds into fruits on your plate.
Behold the African Delight’s flexing…!
Who doesn’t like to savor tons of minerals and vitamins in just one bowl of melon-licious fruits?
These scarry-looking but super healthy melons swank 21% of the daily recommended intake (RDI- Reference Daily Intake) of magnesium, 18% RDI of Vitamin C, 13% RDI of Iron, also boasting other vitamins and minerals in just one full bowl. There’s plenty of water in this fruit, and 16% of the calories in horned melons come from the proteins present in them. It makes Kiwano a unique super-fruit deserving to be in our fruit baskets.
Heart diseases, cancer, and other health diseases are given an uplift by free radicals (these are your body’s enemies that are just molecules that are produced in your body when food is broken down, or due to tobacco or smoke or radiation). Antioxidants fight these free radicals and help you reduce the risk of diseases. And ta-da! African cucumbers are a great source of antioxidants.
Wanna hear another great flex about Kiwano? It has a low glycemic-index, which means your sugar levels don’t hit the ceiling after you eat this delectable delight! So, savour as much as you can.
Here’s a list of things this spikey melon does to your body, making it a super-fruit.
It Boosts your metabolism
When viruses and bacteria invade your body, your immune system fights them. The zinc present in Horned melon boosts the metabolic process in your body. Also, the genetic material in your body, DNA and protein, need zinc to be made by your bodies. Zinc helps in that process too! This boosts your immune system and metabolism.
Keeps your Body Super Hydrated
Kiwano melon is made up of 88.76% water. This is very hydrating to your body and is the perfect summer staple. This juicy melon also happens to contain 16 grams of carbs and electrolytes that are useful to help with your hydration.
Good health to your eyes
A Kiwano melon consists of numerous vitamins. It happens to have Vitamin A as well which helps with the eye protection and retaining of sight. Vitamin A helps in maintaining a clear cornea, the outer covering of your eyes. Rhodopsin is a protein in your eyes that helps you read that book even at night, it helps you’re your low-light vision. Vitamin A is a component of rhodopsin. Hail, Kiwano!
One of the best weight loss fruit-friends
We know a lot about how fruit-friends are a great way to deal with our hunger pangs during our dieting seasons. Kiwano melon is a fruit which is filled more than 80% with water. And is very nutritious for your diet plans (Don’t forget to include this one in your upcoming diet plan!) It can help greatly as a substitute to satisfy your hunger pangs when you are trying to lose weight. It’s a perfect super fruit for diets because although it happens to be low in fats, the nutrients that it contains keep your body healthy, and keeps you feeling fuller for longer
Consists Truckloads of Antioxidants
It is found that Kiwano melon is packed with a rich number of antioxidants and alpha tocopherols that are crucial for good heart health, blood vessels, muscles, skin and nerves as well!
Helps you relax
Many researchers have concluded that the properties of Kiwano melon tend to ease our minds and it is suggested that it helps with reducing stress or even some other chronic diseases like anxiety. Eating a kiwano can quickly ease your mind and get your body back to a calm and relaxed state.
Helps you Age Slower than you Actually are
Antioxidants can protect against cellular damage. The nutrients, antioxidants, and vitamins present in a Kiwano melon are well known to help defy the skin aging process.
Gives strength to your bones
It is found that Kiwano melon consists of many nutrients that help in remodeling the bone structure and increasing the strength in your bones.
It improves digestion
As mentioned above a Kiwano is filled with fibres, nutrients, vitamins and antioxidants. Dietary fibre helps to stimulate peristaltic motion and clear out the gastrointestinal tract. This is useful against constipation, bloating and many other Gastrointestinal problems.
Even though Kinawo is not quite a ‘fruit’ it flexes a bunch of boons that you just can’t resist listing it in your diet!
Turns out that this paradise exotic melon has made its position in my super-fruits list. How about you?
Aishwarya Chetri has always been passionate about writing and creating, be it art, music, or content. She deals with her life by journaling down the mountains to God and always has loved penning down everything that enters her mind.