The Mystery Vegetable

I had a very successful day at the vegetable market. Fresh watermelon, apple mangoes, and coconut are all in season, but I don’t quite know what this thing is. The women who sold it to me said it was a cucumber, but it tastes more like a pickle. Any suggestions on what to do with it??? I really don’t know why I bought this thing. Tastes good though.

5 Responses to The Mystery Vegetable

  1. Rebecca says:

    The cucumber looks like a design for an underwater mine!

    How is the little boy’s foot?

  2. Robert Oswald says:

    Elizabeth, it’s called a horned melon: ” In Zimbabwe, this cucumber is called gaka or gakachika, and it is primarily used as a fruit-snack, salad, and, rarely, for decoration. It is eaten young, mature green, or when ripe – bright yellow/orange (i.e., at any stage of its development). It grows naturally in the fields and also in the bush. However, some people leave some to rot in the fields for the next summer’s seeds/plants. Its taste has been compared to a combination of cucumber and zucchini.[2] or a combination of banana, cucumber and lemon.[3] Some eat the peel, as well. The fibrous structure and protein composition of the peel provides for a taste and texture similar to the plantain family. One variety does not have horns, but looks and tastes similar. The seeds are covered in a gel-like substance. The skin is very rich in vitamin C and fiber. A small amount of salt or sugar can increase the flavor. The fruit can be used in cooking, but when eaten raw, most suck out the pulp and spit out the seeds, although eating the skin and/or the seeds is also known”

    • elizabeth says:

      Wow! Great answer Robert. Thank you. I was expecting something simple like “it’s name is ________ and won’t kill you if consumed in small amounts.” None the less I have thought about it’s decorative qualities.

  3. DADD says:

    When I googled African cucumber, your photo of it came up in Google Images alone with the watermelon, coconut and mango.

    • elizabeth says:

      lol, I think it is funny when I google Kitale, Kenya and pictures of me and my friends come up on the screen. It is kind of scary–especially when it is a picture taken inside my house!

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