Sweet Pepino – Refreshingly unique

pepino dulce

This fruit has been around in our country for more than 6000 years. Can you believe how old it is? It´s very sweet and juicy, and behind all that sweetness it has a semi-neutral flavor that is hard to identify. In Peru, other than pepino dulce (sweet cucumber) it has a funny nickname: Mata-Serrano which means “killer of men from the Andes”. No idea where that name came from, but some people say that when eaten not quite ripe yet, it is impossible to digest!

You can have it by itself, in fruit salads, juices, or even grilled as  an accompaniment for savory dishes.

 

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