- African horned cucumber is a traditional food plant indigenous to Southern and Central Africa.
- It grows naturally in Namibia, Botswana, South Africa and Swaziland.
- Today it is grown for its ornamental and edible fruits all over the world including New Zeeland where it was registered under the trademark Kiwano.
- African horned cucumber is a self-fertile climber with tendrils and hairy leaves and stems and bears white or yellow flowers.
- The soft-shelled fruit (covered with prominent spines), is about 10cm. in length and turns yellow-orange when ripe.
- It is grown as an annual in cold areas and needs well-drained soil, regular watering and support to climb on.
- A single vine can produce up to 100 fruits.