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Kiwano, also known as horned melon or African horned cucumber, is a fruit that is native to Africa.
Kiwano is native to Africa, specifically the Kalahari Desert region.
Kiwano has a unique taste that is often described as a mix between a cucumber,and a lemon. I find the flavor very mellow like the seeds inside a cucumber.
To eat kiwano, you can cut it in half and scoop out the seeds and flesh with a spoon. You can eat them straight up or mix them into salsas or dips like I did here.
Kiwano is a good source of vitamins A and C, as well as potassium and fiber. It is also low in calories and fat. It also has a healthy dose of protein not usually found in fruit.
A ripe kiwano will have a bright orange or yellow skin that is slightly soft to the touch. If the skin is green, the kiwano is not yet ripe.
Kiwano should be stored at room temperature until it is ripe. Once it is ripe, it can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Kiwano can be found at some specialty grocery stores and farmers’ markets, as well as online. I found mine at Sprouts Market.

Tortilla Chips With Kiwano Salsa, Kiwano Guacamole & Kiwano Yogurt Dip

Enjoy kiwona melon three ways in a fresh salsa, guacamole and a cooling yogurt dip. These are delicious served with tortilla chips or served with tacos or as a side with fish and chicken.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Course Starter
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 8 Served

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  • 1 Large bag of tortilla chips


  • 2 Ripe avocados
  • ½ Kiwano pulp
  • Salt & pepper



  • Make Salsa and chill.  (Get the Kiwano, Pineapple & Tomato Salsa recipe here.)
  • Make Yogurt dip (mix all ingredients together and chill one hour).
  • Make Guacamole (mix all ingredients together and chill one hour)
  • Serve all three dips with tortilla chips and enjoy!


Serving: 8g
Keyword appetizer, dips, healthier choice, kiwona melon, starter
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