This fruit is growing wild in the Lowell area.
I’ve eaten the fruit before it changed color and it’s very good. Once the color changes, the skin softens and the inside becomes quite mushy.
I tried one after it had darkened and it is rancid! Not only did it burn my mouth, but the flavor is so pungent, it overwhelms.
Be careful if you’re eating wild fruit. It could be poisonous.
For more information about this plant, check out Deane Green’s information page on Melothria Pendula
and watch the video.