Kiwano, the strange fruit with a thousand virtues

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You will not be the only one who doesn’t know what a kiwano is. It’s oval-shaped, when ripe, the thick outer skin of a kiwano melon is bright orange and covered in small spiny projections or horns. The inner flesh consists of a gelatinous, lime-green or yellow substance that houses a multitude of edible seeds.

The kiwano melon is an exotic, peculiar-looking fruit from the central and southern regions of Africa. It’s formally known as Cucumis metuliferus is a climber and native to Africa. The composition of kiwano includes first of all large quantities of vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamins of the group B. There are also various mineral salts, primarily sodium, magnesium, calcium, potassium and iron.

It helps to strengthen the system immune, exerts an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory action, favours the maintenance of the right balance of water and salt and consequently, it is excellent both for those who practice sports and for those suffering from low blood pressure.

It’s also said to protect the heart, but it might also help prevent the onset of chronic diseases such as diabetes and some types of cancer. Since it is composed of approximately 88% of water is low in calories, 100 grams contain little more than 40.

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