This is such a beautiful fruit that I decided to buy one and try it out. A small step to doing new things. It is very soft inside and you can eat it with a spoon. The outside acts as a bowl. It is from a cactus plant and is only in season a short time of the year. It has a mild flavor. I read that it helps lower cholesterol, and helps get heavy metal toxins out of the system and also lowers blood pressure.