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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: 8
Easy to Grow 3.5
EarlyMaturity 1.5

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6 out of 6 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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By Jessi 16 Apr 2014

7 out of 7 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.

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By Junebug 19 Sep 2013

21 out of 23 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
treefrog
Location:
lloyd, FL
Date:
April 21, 2013
          1.0
 
germination
Easy to Grow 0.5
EarlyMaturity 0.5
 

What are the pros? don't know yet

What are the cons? don't know yet

Review:

i got some seed from baker creek and started them early (feb) i soaked them overnight but got only three out of fifteen to germinate. :( meanwhile, i read somewhere of somebody who forgot his and let them soak a week. he got 100% germination. i had saved six seeds back and tried again, this time, soaking three days. i got five out of six!we have six or seven months until frost here in north florida. i hope these give me fruit. with enough seed next year, i have lots of fenceline with occasional trees. i would like to raise a big crop of these and take them to the farmers market in tallahassee.

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By treefrog 21 Apr 2013

21 out of 21 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Windheart Cogs
Date:
December 2, 2012
          3.0
 
If you have enough heat, give it a try, if you don't, leave it alone.
Easy to Grow 3.0
EarlyMaturity 0.5
 

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I tried this in North Carolina with no luck. It grew into a beautiful vine so big it started to pull down the fence, but no flowers in sight. The frost took it out before there was so much as a flower bud. So, if you live where it is warmer, give it a shot; if you don't, don't get your hopes up. Man, I really wanted to eat one of these things....

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By Windheart Cogs 2 Dec 2012

28 out of 28 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Karen
Date:
May 15, 2012
          5.0
 
Interesting & delicious
Easy to Grow 4.5
EarlyMaturity 3.0
 

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Review:

One plant, left too long before transplanting to a real home, took off on its own and took over a grapefruit tree in tropical Dominica. No care given to vine at all. It produced 3 large fruits before the vine died. The first fruit we cut when we were sure it was ripe. Color dark purple black. Shell is VERY VERY hard. Fruit was bland, unexciting. When the other two ripened we put them aside for a few months and finally sampled and they were different and delicious. Kind of like a cross between apricot and cantaloupe. Very seedy though and the shell really makes it hard to cut nicely (use a saw?) but flavor was thoroughly enjoyed by all who tried eating fresh and all thought would make a great juice too. Have plenty of young 'uns now volunteering from compost pile and we'll make sure they get proper care this year.

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By Karen 15 May 2012

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