Kiwano: properties, benefits, how to eat

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Il kiwano it is the fruit of the Cucumis metuliferus plant native to Africa. Useful for the immune system and for the circulatory one, it is an excellent source of trace elements, especially magnesium, calcium, potassium and iron. Let's find out better.

> Description of the plant

> Kiwano, ally of

> Calories, nutritional values ​​and properties of kiwano

> Contraindications

> Curiosities about rambutan

> How to eat 



Description of the plant

Belonging to the Cucurbitaceae family, the kiwano (Cucumis metuliferus) is the fruit of a climbing plant native to Africa, and has also been present for some years in our ethnic markets or among tropical fruit.

It has a little intense, watery flavor, which reminiscent of cucumber and vaguely banana, even if it has a slightly bittersweet aftertaste. The plant is annual and can bear fruit in two distinct seasons: in summer and in December.

The name kiwano has a precise origin: when in the 30s it was imported to Australia and New Zealand, it was baptized this way because when cut in section it resembled a kiwi.


Kiwano, ally of

Immune system, cardiovascular system, intestine.


Calories, nutritional values ​​and properties of kiwano

Kiwano contains 44 kcal per 100 g.

In addition, 100 g of product contain:

  • 1,3 g fat
  • Cholesterol 0 mg
  • Sodium 2 mg
  • Potassium 123 mg
  • G carbohydrates 8 
  • 1,8 g protein

The kiwano has precise and unmistakable characteristics: the exocarp (which becomes yellow-orange when ripe), leathery and full of spikes, hides a gelatinous lime green pulp, full of seeds.

Ha good amounts of vitamin C and vitamin B6 and is an excellent source of trace elements, especially the magnesium, calcium, potassium and iron.

It is very rich in water and for this reason rehydration; it is also considered energizing, remineralizing, antioxidant, vermifuge, anti-inflammatory. Its low calorie intake makes it ideal for athletes and for those who follow slimming diets.

Many African tribes use it to treat gonorrhea. The seeds are one of the best sources of beta-carotene available in many African countries.


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The only recommendation regarding kiwano is to be careful when opening the exocarp.


Curiosities about kiwano

Besides the pulp, too the peel can be eaten after cooking. It contains a higher concentration of vitamin C and a high amount of dietary fiber.
In many African countries it is considered a very precious fruit because it is one of the few sources of water. The fruit also has a decorative value, by cutting it in half and placing the two parts of the exocarp to dry.


How to eat

Although in many African countries it comes cooked whole (roasted or boiled with other vegetables), kiwano is ideal for a fresh consumption. To open the peel in half, it is essential to be careful and have suitable tools, especially not to prick yourself with the thorns. The pulp can be added to salads, creams, yogurt, fruit salads, etc. Adding a teaspoon of salt or sugar or lemon juice or vinegar enhances the flavor.


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