A medium sized (2-5") fruit with a mild taste, very similar to cantaloupe. The pepino has a thin, creamy colored, sometimes purple spotted skin much like a tomato. Popular in New Zealand, the pepino is becoming common in some United States markets.
A small bush or shrub much like the tomato. Usually fruits in 9-12 months, so a frost free climate is preferred for optimal survival. Growth habit is similar to the tomato and plants benefit from some support. Shrubby growth to 4-6ft. Great in containers. The multi-colored flowers are borne in clusters and fruits follow a few months later.
Hardy to the upper 20's (F), but for adequate fruiting, a frost-free environment is preferred.
Treat much like tomato plants. Grow in full sun, water regularly. Use well-drained soil. Protect from hard freezes.
By seeds, which can take several weeks to germinate. By cuttings.
Commonly eaten fresh, the pepino's flesh is so soft and juicy it makes a quick and easy treat.
Native to the Andes mountain region.