bowl of kiwano salsa with fresh flowers
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Kiwano, is also known as horned melon or African horned cucumber. It is a fruit that originates from Africa and has a spiky orange or yellow outer skin with prominent horn-like protrusions. The inside is green and jelly-like and contains tons of edible seeds.
Its flavor is often described as a combination of cucumber and kiwi, with a mildly sweet and slightly tart taste. It isn’t a strong flavor at all and works really well when mixed with other fruits and veggies like in this salasa.
To eat a kiwano, you simply cut it in half lengthwise and then scoop out the inner flesh and seeds with a spoon. You can also slice it into wedges and eat the flesh directly like you would with a sliced orange, or use it as a unique garnish for your recipes or drinks. Be sure to check out my Kiwano Cocktail where I do use a piece of the fruit as a garnish.
Yes, a kiwano is nutritious. It is a good source of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, vitamin A, and potassium. Additionally, it contains dietary fiber and antioxidants, contributing to a healthy diet. Like all fruit and veggies, it is great to get into your diet.
Kiwano is often available in specialty or ethnic grocery stores, as well as some larger supermarkets, especially in regions with diverse food offerings. I am able to find it Sprouts Markets and sometimes at Whole Foods.
cut kiwano with other fruit and veggies

To get started on this dish, gather all your ingredients and prep the veggies.  Chop your tomatoes, pineapple, jalapeno, red onion, green onions and bell peppers.  Extract your pomegranate seeds from the fruit and scoop the kiwano flesh into a bowl.

chopped tomatoes

Add all the fruit and vegetables to the same bowl.  Squeeze the lime juice over the mix and add some salt and pepper to the mix and toss to coat.  Refrigerate for one hour.

all the ingredients for salsa in a bowl
bowl of salsa with fresh flowers
bowl of kiwano salsa with fresh flowers

Kiwano Salsa

Kiwona Melon makes a rare appearance in a fruit and vegetable salsa that is great on fish, chicken or as a dip for tortilla chips. Easy, fast and healthy, this should be in your regular rotation.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Course Sides
Cuisine General
Servings 8 Served
Calories 4 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.


  • ½ Kiwano melon, pulp removed
  • ¼ Cup Diced fresh pineapple
  • ½ Cup Seeded and diced cherry heirloom tomatoes
  • 1 Tbsp. Finely chopped jalapeno
  • 1 Tbsp. Finely chopped red onion
  • ¼ Cup of Pomegranate seeds
  • 2 Green onions chopped, white and green parts separated
  • ½ Cup Diced red or orange bell pepper
  • Fresh Ground Black Pepper to taste
  • 1 Lime, juice and zest
  • Flake salt (such as Maldon) to finish


  • Mix all of the ingredients in a large bowl. Keep the green chopped part of the onion to garnish (along with flowers and slice of Kiwano if using).
  • Squeeze lime juice on mix and add fresh ground pepper to the mix. Toss to coat. Chill for one hour.
  • Top with lime zest, flake salt, the Kiwano wedge and fresh flowers. Serve over fish or chicken, with your tacos or try with tortilla chips and kiwano guacamole and yogurt dip.


Calories: 4kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 0.1gFat: 0.1gSaturated Fat: 0.01gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.004gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.01gSodium: 0.2mgPotassium: 12mgFiber: 0.2gSugar: 1gVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 1mgIron: 0.01mg
Keyword fruit, healthier choice, salsa, side dish, vegetables
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