Just thought I'd share these awesome fruit that grew well here in zone 5. Their real name is Kiwano. I bought one for fun at the grocery store last year and saved the seeds, planted out in early spring with no head start. We had late frost and early frost and still managed to get some decent fruit. Although they were full sized they weren't fully ripe when I picked them before the first hard freeze. However they ripen up just fine at room temp and stay good for several months. I think they could easily be adapted to zone 5 after a few years of saving seed.
Nifty! What do they taste like? What is the plant like (vine, big, little)? Is it an annual or perennial?
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Mike Haasl wrote:Nifty! What do they taste like? What is the plant like (vine, big, little)? Is it an annual or perennial?
My son thinks they taste like green jello, definitely a tropical sweet taste, kind of citrus kiwi ish. When unripe it tastes like a dill pickle. They definitely look like green jello. It grows on a vine that rambles everywhere, and here it would be an annual, but I believe in the tropics it's a short lived perennial. It did tolerate several frosts down to 28-30 for about 4-6 hours, with just a few burnt outer leaves, but died back after the first hard freeze of about 25 for 8 hours. So I think it would overwinter in subtropics just fine.
Pretty! I have grown them a couple times here in zone 7b as well. i was inspired by seeing them offered for sale for five or six dollars EACH in various local exotic fruit displays, but I don’t find them all that interesting to eat; just a sort of spiny gelatinous cucumber with no sweetness to speak of. (i have never been certain that the one or two I bought for seed OR the ones I grew and ate were at the proper maturity and ripeness, though; my lack of reliable color vision is not a help here.)
Mike Barkley: You beat me to it! I had a Baker Creek catalog out, I KNEW I had seen them in there. Your first link is the one I was looking up. Kiwano or African Horned Cucumber. I either have seeds for that or have them on my want list.. :D