This topical fruit is a round to oval single-seeded berry. The leathery skin is usually red and covered with fleshy pliable spines, hence the name, which means ‘hairs’. The fruit flesh, is translucent, almost whitish or very pale pink, with a sweet, mildly acidic flavour very reminiscent of grapes. The single seed is glossy brown, with a white basal scar. The seeds may be cooked and eaten. The peeled fruits can be eaten raw, or cooked and eaten: first, the grape-like fleshy aril, then the nutty seed, with no waste.