Frieda's Specialty Produce - Pepino Melon

Overview

What is a Pepino Melon?

  • This oval-shaped, smooth-skinned fruit is native to South America. Also known as Pepino Dulce, or sweet cucumber in Spanish, the Pepino turns from green to yellow as it ripens and develops striking purple stripes when mature. Pepino Melons have a pear-like texture and a mellow cantaloupe-cucumber flavor.

How to Eat

  • Simply peel and enjoy. Its soft pear-like flesh and mild flavor is the perfect complement to salty prosciutto or sweet fruits.

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Health Benefits

  • Great source of fiber.

How to Choose

  • Choose bruise-free fruit.

How to Store

  • Ripen at room temperature until the purple streaks become quite prominent and the fruit emits a sweet fragrance.

When are they in season?

  • Year-round

Where are they grown?

  • Product of Ecuador

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Recipes

Pepino Melon à la Mode

Pepino Melon à la Mode Ingredients: 2 Pepino Melons 1/3 cup Triple Sec or orange liqueur 1 tablespoon finely chopped Frieda’s Crystallized Ginger Toasted silvered almonds Steps Peel the Pepinos and cut into quarters. Carve out the center seed cavity and … Continue reading

Sweet & Crunchy Melon Salad

Sweet & Crunchy Melon Salad Ingredients: 1/2 cup Frieda’s Coquito Nuts, crushed 3 cups cantaloupe, honeydew, or other melons like pepino melon, cut in chunks 1 cup fresh strawberries or raspberries, sliced Coconut-Lemon Dressing: 1 carton (8 ounce) lemon low-fat … Continue reading

Prosciutto Fruit Salad with Passion Fruit Dressing

Prosciutto Fruit Salad with Passion Fruit Dressing Ingredients: Bibb lettuce leaves or fresh spinach leaves 2 ounces prosciutto or ham slices, halved lengthwise 1 cup fresh pineapple chunks (Try it with Zululand Queen Baby Pineapple.) 1 cup Pepino Melon, Kiwifruit, … Continue reading

Cactus Pear Melon Salad with Mint Dressing

Cactus Pear Melon Salad with Mint Dressing Ingredients: Lettuce leaves 3 red cactus pears, peeled and thinly sliced 3-4 pepino melons, peeled, seeded, and sliced (or 1 cantaloupe, seeded and sliced) 2 cups cooked bay shrimp Mint Dressing: 2 tablespoons … Continue reading