Curiosity may have killed the cat . . .


but it only slightly wounded me . . . in the pocketbook.

   This is, for you less curious sorts, a horned melon.

“Why on earth would you buy something called a horned melon?”, you would ask.

And I would answer, “I was taken in and dazzled by the slick perveyors of exotic fruit at Christmas-time at the super store!”  I can picture that when the produce manager was making an end-of-day inventory and realized one of these had been sold, he chuckled to himself and thought, “I can’t believe some poor schmuck actually bought one of those!”.

But, in my mind, it must be good, or they wouldn’t sell it, right?  When you look at it, can’t you just picture natives on some tiny, isolated island where this is the main edible vegetation, enjoying roasting these over campfires or simmering them with some native grasses and a few grasshoppers for a hearty stew?  Me too.

So, I took my horned melon home thinking, while I wouldn’t do any roasting or stewing, I would eat some of it in all its freshness with a sandwich for lunch.

A little background:  When I was little and we ate watermelon, there were lots of seeds in it (back then they would have just laughed that someone would even try to grow a seedless watermelon!).  So you learned very young to do some sorting in your mouth — you sorted out the seeds, spit them on your plate and then savored and swallowed the delicious pulp.

So, while I could see the seeds were plentiful in this fruit, I was undeterred.  I would simply apply what I had learned in childhood and do some in-the-mouth sorting and spitting (in a very ladylike manner, of course) in order to enjoy this exotic new fruit.

Unfortunately, as I believe I have mentioned before, my mind tends more toward the creative side and not so much to the analytical/mathmatical side.  So, there is a ratio thing going on here that hadn’t occurred to me.  When I attempted to eat this fruit, it was practically all seeds, with just a bare minimum of melon holding them together.  I only ate one slice.  And ate probably isn’t the appropriate word.  Because by the time I spit the seeds out, there wasn’t anything left to eat!  The horned melon went in the trash.

And now, when I walk past the horned melon display in the produce aisle, I smile a knowing smile and keep on walking!  That slick produce manager has put one over on me for the last time!

“Oh, wait a minute, what’s that ugly brown thing with wrinklely skin over there on the next aisle?  I wonder how that tastes?”

Curiosity may not have killed this “cat” yet, but hopefully she’ll learn her lesson before she uses up all her lives!

13 Responses to Curiosity may have killed the cat . . .

  1. carlahoag says:

    This one was new to me. Wonder how many customers ask the produce manager for horned melon recipes?

    Occasionally we shop for produce at Central Market and they have a lot of exotic things I’ve never heard of. Last time we bought little, tiny purple potatoes and some kind of short, round carrots (with the tops still on) for our grandsons.

    Forewarned is forearmed and I believe we might just skip the horned melon.

    When I was a kid, my dad would buy a coconut at Christmas and open it for us. That was exotic to us.

  2. Sandra says:

    Oh, Carla, your mention of fresh coconut brings back a wonderful memory of the first time I tasted it. It was when I was a child too, and I DID NOT like “coconut” which, of course, meant the toasted kind that came in a bag. But when I tasted REAL coconut — both the milk and the flesh — I couldn’t believe how good it was!

    Yes, learn from my experience, stay away from the horned melon! 🙂

  3. Hilary says:

    But.. how did it taste? According to this site… you should be able to eat the seeds.. much like a pomegranate.

  4. Sandra says:

    Wellll, Hilary. Maybe I should have “savored” it more. I just didn’t like the feeling of a mouth full of seeds! If I had ever eaten a pomegranate, and known you ate the seeds of it, maybe I would have had a different perspective. But, I don’t think I’ll buy another one to try! 🙂

  5. C. Beth says:

    I had a similar experience with prickly pear cactus fruit recently. Let’s just say, they must add a lot of sugar to it when they make jelly out of it!!

  6. ggi says:

    Thank you Sandra. I saw this at my local Chinese store a few days ago and had no idea what it was and now I know thanks to you.

    I may have to try one!

  7. Sandra says:

    Beth — I’ve never even had prickly pear cactus jelly — it must be a Southwestern thing? So, now I know — I won’t try one of those either! 🙂

    ggi — Be sure to let me know what YOU think of it!

  8. Sandra says:

    Looks like cucumber. And I would have tried one too. New fruit sits there screaming, try me. We have plenty of animals that would eat it if it didn’t hit the spot. Is there a recipe it is good for? Google it.

    Oh hang. Better ration those googles now that they are going to COST.

  9. Sandra says:

    Hi, Sandra Google is now going to COST?? I don’t use it very often, but that definitely is off-putting. Of course, in a society where we pay for water (can you imagine how THAT would surprise our ancestors!), why would this surprise us? 🙂

  10. SBW says:

    I don’t know about the taste, but this fruit is beautiful, inside and out. I’ve seen them for sale but didn’t have the courage to buy one. Bravo for giving it a try.

    About the watermelon, my friend wanted to have a watermelon seed spitting contest for her son’s birthday party, but couldn’t find a watermelon with seeds! All the kids thought we parents were nuts when we told them how we used to have seed spitting contests…I think the kids felt sorry for our “pitiful” childhood entertainment! LOL!

    Thanks for your comment on my Tab blog. I don’t keep that up anymore and recently took it down. It was hacked by someone leaving multiple cryptic comments. Weird! But if you want to see yet another blog I started (but I don’t post that often):

    Happy New Year to you!

  11. Sandra says:

    sbw — I was underwhelmed, but I AM glad I tried it. So nice to hear from you.

  12. gigi says:

    So, I finally got around to trying a horned melon (Kiwano). It was quite ripe when I bought it, very weird looking and expensive (almost $4.00 for one).

    It was messy to eat cause I just sucked it all out; next time I’ll scoop it out like I do with Kiwis. It had sorta a vague bananay-cucumber taste and was somewhat bland. The seeds had no taste at all.

    I don’t think I’ll buy it again though it might be interesting to mix into something like bread pudding. (Or to try within a cheesecake alongside bananas). Overall, It was too expensive and the horns were annoying.

  13. Sandra says:

    Well, Gigi. It looks like, even though you gave the horned melon/kiwano every chance to charm you, it still fell short for you too. But no one can say you didn’t give it a fair try!

    btw, Horned Melon Cheesecake does have an interesting ring to it, doesn’t it? But I’m guessing it’ll never catch on. 🙂

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