Wild Kiwano is also called horn melon or prickly squirrel. This fruit vegetable, originally from Africa, has a striking, spiny appearance. It starts out very light green and turns deep orange as the fruit ripens. The wild kiwano has long, slender, deep orange fruits. The taste is a combination of melon, apple and lime. It has a sour taste with a little sweetness. It is a wonderfully exotic looking fruit that does quite well in the greenhouse in our climate. They ripen from green with speckles to a full deep orange. Fruits are about 10 cm long. The wild kiwano is related to the cucumber.
This plant needs a lot of light, warmth and shelter from the wind. It can be grown both indoors and outdoors. It has a delicious flavor and bright green slightly watery flesh with many seeds in it. Use as fruit or with desserts with eg ice cream. Height: 200 - 250 cm.
Days till harvest
120 - 130
200 - 250 cm
Indoor sowing: March - April
Outdoor sowing: May - June
Germination: 10 - 21 days
Germination temp. : 20 - 26°C
Sowing depth: ½ - 1 cm
Plant distance: 80 - 100 cm
Plant position: very sunny and sheltered
Days till harvest: 120 - 130
Sow indoors from March on in seperate pots with moist potting soil. Sow 2 seeds in each pot and cover with a thin layer of soil. Cover the pots with clingfilm to retain the moisture. Keep moist and warm. Keep the pots in a warm and light enviroment. Remove the clingfilm when the seedlings emerge. Harden the seedlings about 14 days to outside conditions end of April - beginning of May. Put the seedlings on a very sunny plot with some shelter against the wind.
From mid May, when there's no longer any danger of frosts, sow on a very sunny plot with some shelter. Cover the seeds with a thin layer of soil. Keep moist and weedfree. Give enough water during germination and dry spells. Harvest the Kiwano's by cutting them with scissors.