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Cassabanana Melecoton (10 seeds) (MC101) $4.00
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Cassabanana Melecoton

         
 
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(Sicana odorifera) Wow, this is exciting! I saw this crop along the roadside in Guatemala. The fruit are brilliant, flaming red and are about 2 feet long, one of the most beautiful things I had ever seen! They have bright orange flesh that is sweet and is used in drinks, jellies and other desserts; it has a unique tropical fruit taste. The fruit are so fragrant and keep for a long period, like squash, making this a hot item for fall sales for pumpkin growers. Huge vines can grow to 50 feet and are quite ornamental, but they do require a long season. Here in southern Missouri the fruit almost ripened last year, so we think if the plants are started indoors, we could easily get ripe fruit here in zone 6. It should be easy to ripen fruit in zone 7 and warmer. This plant was first mentioned in Europe in 1658 as a popular plant in Peru. We are happy to have located a small supply of seed.

 
Cassabanana Melecoton
Overall Rating:
         
3.5
 
 
Number of Reviews: 11
Easy to Grow 3.0
EarlyMaturity 1.5

100.0% would recommend this item to a friend.

 
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1 out of 1 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
onegreenev
Location:
Marysville, CA, United States
Date:
June 4, 2015
          4.0
 
Sprouting Time
Easy to Grow 0.0
EarlyMaturity 0.0
 

What are the pros? We shall see.

What are the cons? Long to sprout

Review:

I got a packet of 10 seeds and have now got 5 sprouts. I found that these if put in little sprouting pots take quite a bit of time to sprout. Im not sure if the others will sprout but I do hope even at this late date the plants produce even one good fruit. Our season is hot and long so if they don't I will try much earlier like in Feb to sprout and plant my seedlings. I need to allow them to grow larger before putting them in the ground. We have so many little rolly polly bugs that if they are still small when planed in the ground they will get mowed down. They are too precious to allow that to happen. The sprouts look good and strong. Its been nearly 4 weeks to sprout.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No

2 out of 3 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Travis DeLongchamp
Location:
Little Rock, AR, United States
Date:
April 23, 2015
          4.0
 
Not easy but worth trying
Easy to Grow 2.0
EarlyMaturity 1.0
 

What are the pros? Pretty, fruit stores long time

What are the cons? Low yield, needs lots of space

Review:

I've tried to grow this a couple times. Here's what I've learned: start these plants early, preferably in some kind of composable container (I used a newspaper origami pot) and don't let it get root bound at all. Once it's warm enough, plant it outside and give it some kind of trellis. At the school garden where I planted it, I had to eventually zig-zag the vines up and down a couple rows of *sturdy* trellising. The plants I tried to let run on the ground didn't take off and stayed small. From the one giant vine with many flowers, only one fruit grew to a decent size. Other fruits were developing and may eventually have grown, but my service term ended before any reached ripeness and the school district mowed the plant down. My site supervisor saved the one large fruit and several months later I came back and got to crack it open with a machete and taste it. It is very similar to cantaloupe. We saved the seeds, are giving some to a community garden, and will try to grow it again.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No

1 out of 2 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Mahagiri
Location:
Sonoma, CA
Date:
November 18, 2014
          5.0
 
Melecoton Holy Week Fruit
Easy to Grow 1.0
EarlyMaturity 1.0
 

What are the pros? I cld not grow the fruit

What are the cons? Cold

Review:

I found this fruit in the market in Huehuetenango, Guatemala. It is one of the best tasting fruits I have ever eaten. I wld compare the taste to a combination of Peach and Cantaloupe. Very popular during Easter and is refered to as Holy Week Fruit I have been unable to produce fruit in Sonoma, just the vine.......

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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15 out of 15 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Jessi
Location:
Long Beach, CA
Date:
April 16, 2014
          4.0
 
Warm Weather type of fruit
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 0.0
 

What are the pros? Very tasty

What are the cons? N/A

Review:

This Fruit is not for cold weather states. I was Raised in Guatemala and ate this all the time, Like all of you have said very thick shell. Try cutting it with a butcher knife or a machete. I live in California and this fruit thrives here because weather is very similar to Guatemala. Just a heads up Guatemala is known as the eternal spring,the weather is always warm and perfect.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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10 out of 11 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Junebug
Location:
Noble, IL
Date:
September 19, 2013
          3.0
 
Easy to Grow 3.0
EarlyMaturity 1.0
 

What are the pros? Beautiful vine

What are the cons? Won't stay on the fence

Review:

Really took off after transplanting outside. Lots of vines and leaves but only 4 fruit on six plants so far and frost is probably only a month away in here in zone 6. Tried a green one raw--not much flavor. Looking for info on how to cook them. Would like one to ripen but don't thik that will happen. Will try them again, starting earlier next year.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No
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