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Tzimbalo

Solanum caripense

A very rare fruit that is quite similar to the pepino, but having round fruits growing to a bit over 1" wide. Like the pepino, the fruits are cream colored, with prominent purple stripes. Flavor is melon like, with some sour and tart overtones.

Seed Availability

Seeds are not available for the Tzimbalo. Please visit our seed store to view current selections. Seeds were last available in February 2014.

Description

A shrubby plant growing to a couple feet. Growth habit tends to be more compact than the pepino and the plant does well in containers.

Hardiness

Likely not too frost hardy. Not freeze hardy.

Growing Environment

Can be grown as an annual provided a long enough warm season. Grow in full sun, water regularly.

Propagation

By seeds.

Uses

Fruits are eaten fresh.

Native Range

Native to South America.

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