What are the pros? Conversation starter, taste
What are the cons? Fruit to vegetation ratio
Like others, I'll mention that it grows to be very large and becomes covered in spikes which can actually hurt if grabbed without proper attention. I've had Jelly Melon from the store once, not very common to see them, but I instantly became a fan of the fruit you could cut in half and spoon out that tastes like a cucumber-flavored jello. I grew this variety which is, as it says, a round version of the normal Kiwano. It's pale yellow-white in contrast to the normal orange Kiwano. Tastes great when mature, but that took until the fall for me. I planted 6 keepers - in the Hugelkultur it grew up, down, across, and over the fence it was trellising (colossal plant!), but made only a couple fruits that never matured. 5 gallon buckets has lots of vegetation and flowers both, but only immature fruits. The one I planted in a table-top pot produced the only (delicious) ripe fruit. Trying the other Kiwano this year. Grows like a cuke, squash, melon, etc. Definitely worth trying.
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