Cucumber African Horned (Kiwano)

Botanical Name: Cucumis metuliferus

Approx 60 seeds
Availability: In stock

An unusual African heirloom with fruity flavour. Kiwano is a climbing vine native to Africa bearing very unusual fruit with green thorns that mature to a bright orange-yellow. Mature fruit has jelly-like flesh with a flavour similar to a mix of banana, lime and cucumber. Great addition to salads, salsas, juices or use as garnish.


Product Specifications
How To Grow

Sow direct in growing position in a pot, prefers a sunny spot.

Sow 2-3 seeds in a group, 10mm (½in) deep and 50cm (20in) apart, later thinning to the strongest seedlings. Keep moist. Seedlings emerge in 14-21 days.

Provide a trellis for the vine to climb, or plant the seeds next to a sturdy fence.

When To Plant Spring to Summer, all year round in tropical areas.
Harvest 12-14 weeks
When to Sow/Plant Spring, Summer
Soil Type compost, well cultivated, well drained

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Cooking Tip

Cooking Tip



Bitterness can be tamed by washing the fruit well, removing the seeds, marinating in salt for at least ½ hour before cooking, squeezing the juice out or boiling cut pieces in a water & lemon solution.