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Pepino

Solanum muricatum

a.k.a. Pepino Melon, Pepino Dulce

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.

Seed Availability

Seeds are now available at our seed store.

Description

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.

Hardiness

Hardy to the upper 20's (F), but for adequate fruiting, a frost-free environment is preferred.

Growing Environment

Treat much like tomato plants. Grow in full sun, water regularly. Use well-drained soil. Protect from hard freezes.

Propagation

By seeds, which can take several weeks to germinate. By cuttings.

Uses

Commonly eaten fresh, the pepino's flesh is so soft and juicy it makes a quick and easy treat.

Native Range

Native to the Andes mountain region.

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