Horned Melon

A continuation of fruit and vegetables series completed with a quick proportion pencil sketch and then watercolor with no ink. Cucumis metulfierus, horned melon or kiwano, also African horned cucumber or melon, jelly melon, hedged gourd, melano, in the southeastern United States, blowfish fruit, is an annual vine in the cucumber and melon family. Its fruit has horn-like spines, hence the name “horned melon”. Ripe fruit has yellow-orange skin and lime green, jelly-like flesh with a tart taste, and texture similar to a cucumber. The one and only time I tried a horned melon I was totally surprised by the bright green interior and the taste was not to my liking.  Daniel Smith and Holbein watercolors in a Stillman and Birn sketchbook.

2016-03-04 Horned Melon

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