How to eat a pepino melon

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How to eat a pepino melon
Cut up a pepino melon to use in a fruit salad. (Brand X Pictures/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

The pepino melon, also known as a sweet cucumber, mellow fruit, tree melon and a host of other names, originates from the tropical areas of Chile and Peru. This soft and tender fruit has a mild and lightly sweet flavour. The texture is similar to a cucumber, and the skin and seeds, while tough, are edible. Best combined with strong-flavoured ingredients, this melon works well as a filler for salads, sauces or other recipes. Cut up the pepino melon to use it in a spicy sweet salad to serve with barbecue.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • 2 pepino melons
  • Cutting board
  • Sharp knife
  • Spoon
  • Paring knife
  • Large bowl
  • Cantaloupe
  • Seedless watermelon
  • 1 cup chopped red onion
  • Two poblano peppers
  • 3 tbsp lime or lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • Mixing spoon
  • 1/2 tsp chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
  • 3 tbsp agave nectar (optional)

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Place two pepino melons on a cutting board. Slice them in half with a sharp knife. Use a spoon to scoop out the seeds in the centre.

  2. 2

    Peel the tough skin off with a sharp paring knife. Cut the fruit up into cubes and place it in a large bowl.

  3. 3

    Cut a large cantaloupe in half on a cutting board. Scoop out the seeds in the centre with a spoon. Slice the melon into quarters.

  4. 4

    Slice the fruit off the rind of the melon. Cut the cantaloupe into cubes and add it to the bowl with the pepino melon.

  5. 5

    Cut a small seedless watermelon in half and then into quarters. Repeat the same process, cutting the fruit away from the rind and cubing the melon. Add it to the bowl.

  6. 6

    Finely chop 1 cup of red onion and two poblano peppers with the seeds removed. Add them to the fruit.

  7. 7

    Pour 3 tbsp of lime or lemon juice into the fruit bowl along with 2 tbsp of honey. Toss the mixture together with a large mixing spoon.

  8. 8

    Mix together 1/2 tsp chilli powder, 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp of ground black pepper in a small bowl. Chop 2 tbsp of fresh cilantro and add it to the spice mixture.

  9. 9

    Sprinkle the spices over the fruit and vegetables. Toss again to combine, and serve at room temperature.

Tips and warnings

  • Decrease the chilli pepper to 1/4 tsp to make it less spicy.
  • Make the salad sweeter by adding 3 tbsp of agave nectar.

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