Vines with relatively small leaves and dense covering of thick, bristle-like, irritating hairs. Needs plenty of sunshine and warmth; do not over-fertilize or will not bear fruit. When harvested, fruits "bleed" bright red, sticky sap. Distinctive, well spaced, stiff spines cover exterior skin, which is mottled dark & pale green, ripening to orange and yellow when fully mature. Seeds are dispersed with no distinct cavity; each seed is encased in a bright-green, teardrop-shaped gel capsule. Very nutritious with distinctive, pleasantly tart, citrusy flavor that intensifying with ripening; peelings are also edible. From Africa.