Cut it open, and you find this craziness:
Yes, it comes pre-filled with lime jello.
Well, not quite. It does have a lime green center filled with little sacs of gel and seeds. Sounds appetizing, right? It gets better – it tastes a bit like cucumber and lemon. So, in essence, the strangest fruit I’ve ever encountered. But this also makes it the perfect ingredient for my blog, in theory.
Unfortunately, it was a bit of a disaster. First, the gel sacs are tough to get out of the fruit and nearly impossible to deseed and juice. After a lot of effort, I got some juice out and attempted to make a tart frozen yogurt using Greek yogurt. It didn’t quite work, both in flavor and texture (I didn’t use an ice cream machine or take the yogurt out of the freezer to stir it).
I couldn’t bring myself to spend several more dollars to get another melon. If it had an amazing flavor, I wouldn’t mind, but it just wasn’t worth it. Lesson be learned: this fruit isn’t worth the price tag.
Have you ever cooked with or eaten a kiwano? Did you like it?