Kiwano (horned melon)

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Re: Kiwano (horned melon)

Postby Elmigo » Sat Sep 21, 2019 10:25 pm

After all it grows in desert like areas with a low temp night but a high temp day. It makes sense. Next year I'll be testing them on solid land too!
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Re: Kiwano (horned melon)

Postby Primrose » Sun Sep 22, 2019 7:18 am

Well we're certainly expanding our knowledge on this forum ! I imagine the thick skins help preserve the moisture inside the fruits. As you say, when they can be produced so prolifically in good conditions one wonders why they are so expensive to buy but of course transport and air freight costs to other countries will absorb a large percentage of the cost.
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Re: Kiwano (horned melon)

Postby giaur500 » Sun Sep 22, 2019 8:04 am

Elmigo wrote:Next year I'll be testing them on solid land too!

To get the best result, make sure used place is sunny (more direct sun = better) and sheltered from wind. Plant your seeds indoor (use small flower pots) at the end of winter, then remove from pots and plant to ground as soon as risk of frost ends (be careful, don't break the roots). Before you move outdoor, let them to get use to direct sunlight and uv radiation, first expose to direct sunlight one hour daily, then keep increasing exposure time each day. After moving outdoor, water plants and keep soil wet all the time. When watering, avoid cold water on leaves , the best is only watering roots in place. You can also use sprinkler. It's recommend to perform watering at the evening, hot sun + water is not recommended.
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Re: Kiwano (horned melon)

Postby giaur500 » Thu Oct 03, 2019 12:46 pm

Some tips about storing kiwano: https://ucanr.edu/datastoreFiles/234-2128.pdf interesting reading. In summary, avoid temperature below 15 °C, otherwise it will decay in 2 months
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Re: Kiwano (horned melon)

Postby Elmigo » Sat Nov 02, 2019 8:23 am

Hi everyone, it's been a long time because we're finally moving to the house with a sunny garden! I am both really excited for it and also kind of afraid for all the new challenges coming with the garden we're about to inhabit.

I forgot to post about it but I already ate my kiwanos (horned melons) and gave some away to my parents and friends to taste too. They are still green but you can squeeze them gently so they're ready to eat. They may not be yellow like in the store and their size is a bit smaller (picture below is one of the smallest kiwanos), their taste is amazing! I really had to harvest them as the plant started dying off from the cold autumn weather.

And yes, I cut off the "horned" part because these fruits really do have a couple of sharp thorns on them. Fill a bath tub with those kiwanos and you can lay on it to perform acupuncture!

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Despite their size and color with smaller seeds on the inside, they do taste the same and they are delicious! In fact I'm about to eat this one for breakfast right now. :mrgreen:
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Re: Kiwano (horned melon)

Postby Primrose » Sat Nov 02, 2019 9:09 am

Good to hear from you Elmigo. Your posts have been missed. Good luck with your house move . If the weather in Holland today is anything like the UK your new garden is anything but sunny!

Glad your horned melons turned out to be a success after all your efforts. Thanks for the update. Sounds like this is one experiment you will be trying to repeat in your garden next year.

Think I,ll pass on the bathtub acupuncture suggestion though!
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Re: Kiwano (horned melon)

Postby Elmigo » Sat Nov 02, 2019 9:18 am

I'll pass too, I need a lot more land for that much kiwanos to grow :lol: but yes, I will definitely try kiwano again next year if the garden is ready on time!

It's anything but sunny for sure, autumn strikes and we even had a little bit of frost already. If more frost comes we have another challenge in the garden.
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Re: Kiwano (horned melon)

Postby giaur500 » Sat Nov 02, 2019 2:09 pm

Elmigo wrote:Hi everyone, it's been a long time because we're finally moving to the house with a sunny garden! I am both really excited for it and also kind of afraid for all the new challenges coming with the garden we're about to inhabit.

I forgot to post about it but I already ate my kiwanos (horned melons) and gave some away to my parents and friends to taste too. They are still green but you can squeeze them gently so they're ready to eat. They may not be yellow like in the store and their size is a bit smaller (picture below is one of the smallest kiwanos), their taste is amazing! I really had to harvest them as the plant started dying off from the cold autumn weather.

And yes, I cut off the "horned" part because these fruits really do have a couple of sharp thorns on them. Fill a bath tub with those kiwanos and you can lay on it to perform acupuncture!

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Despite their size and color with smaller seeds on the inside, they do taste the same and they are delicious! In fact I'm about to eat this one for breakfast right now. :mrgreen:


I still advice to wait a while or place with apples to speed up ripe process:

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Left one on pic is still not ready, right one is almost ready to eat. More ripe - better taste. It should be orange, color similar to orange fruit, for the best taste.
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Re: Kiwano (horned melon)

Postby Primrose » Sat Nov 02, 2019 2:20 pm

We're getting a lot of good advice on here for when climate change has increased sufficiently to make growing them a viable crop here in the UK.
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Re: Kiwano (horned melon)

Postby giaur500 » Sat Nov 02, 2019 2:31 pm

If you have green fruits, put them together with ripe apples, into hermetic container. After 3-5 days all fruits will be orange. Size of fruits does not matter.

That's natural way to speed up ripe process
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Re: Kiwano (horned melon)

Postby Stephen » Sun Nov 03, 2019 7:04 am

Congratulations on your fruit. Well done.
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