I couldn't really walk away without buying this. So I went home to do some 'background check' on this fruit. The Horned Melon belongs to the cucumber family, and is grown in New Zealand and California. Due to it's intriguing appearance, people are often attacted to it. I'm certainly one who did.
Cutting through the fruit revealed the following:
The interior is filled with numerous jelly-like 'sacs', each of which encases an off-white seed. I tried eating a few of these seeds. The sacs taste surprisingly sweet and tart at the same time. The seeds pops out of its sac easily, and although the seeds can be eaten, I find them to tough to bite and swallow.
To be honest, this is one fruit which I wouldn't just scoop and eat, simply because it has too many seeds which I'll have to spit out. I guess it might be more suitable as a garnish. Or use the fruit as a decorative element on the dining table.
It's a pity I didn't like this fruit, but I guess the consolation is that I finally knew now how adventurous I can be with food :p (I would never have thought such a spiky, weird, UFO-like fruit can be eaten). Of course, I hope this could be a post for Weekend Herb Blogging too, which is hosted by Astrid of Paulchen's Food Blog this week. Do head over to check out the round-up, and also to Kalyn's Kitchen for more details on WHB.