What do you think of this guy? What is it? A Medieval weapon or food?
It's called a Kiwano Horned Melon. I saw it in a seed catalog and thought, "Why Not? Looks cool!". Of course I did. I have over a dozen of them at the farm. Unfortunately, they taste more like a cucumber than a melon. The spikes are very sharp, but once cut open you can scoop out the insides with a spoon. But who wants to eat the insides of a cucumber-tasting plant with a spoon? It's mostly just filled with seeds - there is not much flesh inside them. So... I don't think I'll grow this guy again.
Anyone care to try some? You can always use them as a weapon or put them on your front porch at Halloween to scare away the children.... :-)