The earth produces many fruits, and you may be amazed to see the variety in your local supermarket.
But you will be surprised to realize that it’s not even a fraction of what you can find worldwide.
Pepino melon is one of these fruits, and you may or may not have seen it at your nearby stores.
Pepino, which is Spanish for cucumber, is a fruit that’s fresh as well as filling.
All parts of the fruit, including pulp, seeds, and skin, are edible and so you don’t waste anything.
But do you know what does Pepino melon taste like?
It’s a question that most of us reading this are asking.
The good news is that we can find out any information if we spare some time digging.
So, stay here with us so that we can find out the flavor of the fruit and other aspects.
What is Pepino Melon?
Also called “Pepino dulce,” which means sweet cucumber, it’s a fruit native to South America, and you can find it in the markets of Bolivia, Chile, Peru, and Columbia.
You can also find it in Kenyan markets.
However, it isn’t easily available in many because it’s quite sensitive to handling and gets ruined easily while traveling.
The Pepino melon grows on a “ground cover trailing plant” rather than a tree.
Pepino melon has a tear-drop shape and light yellow-green shade with distinct purple streaks.
With the advancement in science and technology, scientists are also developing cultivars in Turkey, Mauritius, Chile, and New Zealand.
Hence, you might very soon see the melon at a local market.
One reason for the melon’s popularity is that nothing goes waste with this fruit.
Another is its taste, but we still don’t know.
So, let’s find out below.
What Does Pepino Melon Taste Like?
We learned what Pepino melon is, where it grows, and how it looks.
Now, it’s time to learn about its taste.
The melons are milder flavor-wise and less sweet than other melons.
The fruit likely gets its name for its distinct cucumber-melon flavor.
You may also get a taste similar to honeydew, cantaloupe, and cucumber.
It has a texture that’s similar to pears.
When fully ripe, its skin looks deep yellow or gold rather than pale green, which means it’s still unripe.
Pepino melon also goes by several names, such as tree melon, melon pear, and mellowfruit.
When buying the fruit, choose the ones that are glossy, fragrant, and yield very easily to pressure.
For every 100gm of Pepino melon, you get energy (22Kcal), carbs (5gms), dietary fiber (1gm), and protein (0.6gm).
The melon also has antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins.
The nutrients present in the fruit can be beneficial for the skin and lower the risk of cancers.
It can also help in maintaining heart rate and blood pressure.
Traditionally, the natives used the melon to relieve rheumatic symptoms, skin ailments, and respiratory problems.
How to Cook and Use Pepino Melon?
Since it’s a fruit, the best way to enjoy Pepino melon is to remove the peel, slice, and eat it.
However, it doesn’t mean there aren’t other ways to eat the melon.
You can eat pepinos in multiple ways.
Before consuming the fruit, though, it’s necessary to wash the fruit thoroughly with clean water.
You can then prepare it whether you want to eat it raw or cooked.
If you’re thinking of eating unripe pepinos, you have to prepare them the way you would squash.
If your fruit is ripe, you can prepare it like a honeydew melon.
Though the skin is edible, it tends to get harder when the fruit ripens.
Hence, it’s best to throw it away.
Cut the fruit in half length-wise and remove the parts with the seeds and cut into shapes which you prefer.
Suppose you’re planning to eat only the melon; you can make slices, and if you wish to add it to salads, cut it in wedges or as suitable for the dish.
You can also poach or bake it and add it to charcuterie platters and salsas.
It also pairs well with lemon or lime juice or with salty cheese.
So, there are plenty of ways that you can eat the melon.
Enjoy it exclusively or create dishes with other ingredients.
Though not found everywhere, you can locate Pepino melons in several locations these days.
But once ripe, eat it as soon as possible, so you don’t waste the fruit.
With so many different ways to consume the melon, you will not feel bored with it.
Every time you plan to eat it, choose a different method.
With its taste being pretty subtle, it won’t overwhelm a dish but blend in nicely and still retain its flavor.
Besides, you also get plenty of nutrients, especially when eating it uncooked.
Since the rind and seeds are both edible, you can look for some recipes if you don’t know how to prepare them.