It’s hard to see from this photo, but the pepino melon is a very under-sized melon. It’s about the size of a very undersized plum, and when you cut it open, there’s a number of tiny seeds which are slightly smaller than the ones you would find in a tomato. I saved a few of these seeds with the intention of growing some of these in the quasi-mythical second harvest of heat tolerant garden plants. I figure if there’s any fruit that can thrive in the heat of the Texas summer, it’s a melon from Ecuador. Is it a vine? Or a bush? I’m too lazy to look it up and I would rather be surprised.
The flesh of the pepino melon is quite reminiscent of a plum, although perhaps less tart and more sweet.