The nara nut is a seed about the size of a large melon seed from the nara melon,This is an unpromising, low-growing, spiny, cactus-like shrub growing along the coast of south west Africa through Namibia. Both the fruit and the seeds are edible. The ripe fruits are eaten raw and are prized for their high water content. The pulp can be scraped out and squeezed to obtain a potable liquid. The seeds, or nuts, are dried and used for making flour or eaten as they are, like almonds or cooked into a brown pulp and layed out to dry. In its dry form it is eaten as a sort of fruit leather or jerky, a sort of vegetable version of biltong.