Paddy Melons or the Afghan or camel melon is prevalent in the arid areas of Australia. I had heard it was introduced by the Afghan cameleers as a food for their animals. It is a prostrate, trailing plant and when the vine dies off the melons sit about on the ground looking like someone had thrown them there in abundance.
Are you familiar with paddy melons? What are they good for? Can they be eaten?
It was only last year I first saw paddy melons. It was in the NSW outback. They looked so strange as the vine had withered and the fruit was just sitting about. Many were on the road and our tour guide told us that to open the fruit the birds roll them onto the road and wait for cars to drive over them. Our Aussie birds are so clever.
Am I? When we were kids we use to throw them at each other and arrive home smelling all shades of horrible. Wasn't a popular pass time with the parents but us kids thought it was amazing. So I can not vouch for eating but I have certainly "worn" my fair share!