Toontz over at Okara Mountain has started a new monthly challenge called Triple Dog Dare.
The challenge is to try something new each month in a chosen category & broaden your food horizons. This month's theme is fruit.
Matt & I decided we were going to make a fruit salad last night so it was a perfect opportunity to try a new fruit. There were quite a few things at the market we had never tried but Matt was most attracted to this little creature, the horned melon.
When we checked out the cashier asked us what it tasted like & we had to laugh when we told her we had no idea. And we really didn't have any idea at all what to expect. We thought it would have a melon-like texture inside but were we surprised when we cut it open to discover this...
...a green jelly-like substance. Matt instantly went to the internet & we found out this melon is also called the jelly melon. Oh that explains a lot! One site told us to just suck out the inside & spit out the seeds. So we tried that first. For a bold looking fruit it has a very delicate flavor reminiscent of a cucumber with a touch of lime.
Another site told us to go ahead & eat the seeds. Since they were quite soft (not unlike a cucumber) that's what we did.
We actually liked the flavor & didn't mind the texture at all, so we scooped the remaining fruit into a salad with strawberries & peaches. We dressed the salad with some honey, lime juice & mint.
I really think it came up quite pretty with the green, yellow & red. It tasted wonderful! The horned melon flavor was especially good with the peaches. Would I buy it again? Maybe. It has a nice refreshing flavor & is certainly something different to add to a fruit dish.
Now, its your turn. Pick up a strange new fruit & get in on the Triple Dog Dare!