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Winter hardy / Kiwano (Cucumis metuliferus)

Kiwano (Cucumis metuliferus) Kiwano (Cucumis metuliferus) Kiwano (Cucumis metuliferus) Kiwano (Cucumis metuliferus)
Kiwano (Cucumis metuliferus) Kiwano (Cucumis metuliferus) Kiwano (Cucumis metuliferus) Kiwano (Cucumis metuliferus)
Kiwano (Cucumis metuliferus)
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The flesh of the spiny fruits is green and tastes like a blend of banana, cucumber and lemon. They can be freshly eaten with some sugar.
€ 3,50
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Family: Cucurbitaceae
Scientific name: Cucumis metuliferus
Common name: Kiwano / Horned melon
Origin: Kalahari, Africa

The kiwano, spine pickle or horned melon is a herbaceous plant from Africa, which also performs well as an annual plant in temperate climates. It’s not a relative of the kiwi (such as the name suggests), but of the cucumber. However, the species has been introduced on the market by New Zealand, which is why the Kiwano can be seen as a trade name. The flesh of the spine fruit is green and watery, and tastes like a blend of banana, cucumber and lemon. The fruits can be eaten fresh, but it is recommended to add some salt or sugar to enforce the flavour. Only a moisty and well-drained soil is required for good growth. When the fruits are ripe, they have an orange colour.

Sowing description: Sow the seeds in Spring at 20-25 degrees Celcius. Use sowing mix and keep the soil constantly moist. 

Sowing time: March - June
Difficulty: Easy
Minimum temperature: (annual plant)

Photo 1: Jardin Mundani 

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Alie - 16-05-2022 18:30

Van de ruim 10 zaden zijn er 4 opgekomen binnen een week of 3/4. De rest komt niet meer.
Het wortelstelsel ontwikkelt snel en planten groeien ook erg snel.

Joop - 07-04-2022 17:15

8 van de 10 zaden waren binnen 1 maand opgekomen in zaai- en stekgrond. De planten in het voorjaar in een kas geplaatst. De planten groeien heel hard. Heel veel vruchten van de planten gehaald in het najaar. De vruchten zijn vanaf het begin al stekelig (en scherp!) maar heel mooi van kleur. De smaak is zoals beschreven in de tekst, heel apart.