If you’ve never heard of melocactus, don’t worry. Melocactus fruit originates in the tropical regions of Central and South America, and it’s not very common in the US. In fact, few people probably even know it’s edible. But this mesmerizing video may be enough to convince you to try growing your own at home.
@foodwtf Did you know that the #melocactus has edible fruits similar in taste to #dragonfruit ?🤔 In the wild they are frequently eaten by lizards and birds! 🎥 IG: @cultofsun #turkscapcactus #cactus #fruittiktok #cactusaddict ♬ Aesthetic – Tollan Kim
The melocactus fruit is pepper-shaped and has a unique taste. It’s slightly sweet, with citrus-like flavor reminiscent of melon and mango with notes of pineapple and peach. Most people describe it as rather mild, and some think it has a bit of a sour aftertaste. As with most cactus fruits, it’s also pretty healthy, containing vitamin C, antioxidant compounds like polyphenols (which may help reduce inflammation), and vitamin B.