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  • Kiwano - African Horned Cucumber
  • Kiwano - African Horned Cucumber

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Kiwano - African Horned Cucumber (10 seeds) (JM101) $3.00
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Kiwano - African Horned Cucumber

         
 
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Very unusual fruit with spiny "horns." The green-yellow skin turns a bright deep orange when ready to harvest, and the pulp resembles lime-green Jell-O. The fruit has a sour-sweet, banana-lime-tropical fruit taste and is good juiced. This fruit is appearing regularly in U.S. markets. Native to Africa, it is hardy and easy to grow; can be grown just about anywhere you can grow melons. Beautiful vine and fruit! Tiny seed.  

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Kiwano - African Horned Cucumber
Overall Rating:
         
4.0
 
 
Number of Reviews: 22
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 2.0

81.8% would recommend this item to a friend.

 
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3 out of 3 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Accidental Gardener
Location:
Tucson, AZ
Date:
November 11, 2014
          4.0
 
African Horned Cucumber
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 0.0
 

What are the pros? Easy to grow

What are the cons? EVERYTHING has sharp spines

Review:

I was attempting to grow Black Diamond Watermelons from seed when I noticed a funky looking vine growing between the melon and bean vines. Being curious, I just let it grow. Soon it was all over the bean cages and chicken wire enclosure (anything that ventures outside said enclosure is subject to being eaten by Javelinas. The flowers looked (and felt) like cockleburs, but sufficiently different to let me spare them. As the summer continued, I noticed that the cockleburs had grown into fruits that looked familiar and I remembered getting something last year, being very underwhelmed by its taste and tossing it into the compost pile. That sent me to the WWW to figure out what I had and how to eat it. I'm going to give these guys another chance by eating at least one in its green state because it is Definitely easy to grow, the seeds are hardy, and I'm always eager to find something that can withstand a Southern Arizona Summer.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No

3 out of 3 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Nic
Location:
Parkland, FL
Date:
October 2, 2014
          4.0
 
Unique
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 2.0
 

What are the pros? delicious

What are the cons? razer sharp

Review:

If you have a long growing season I would recommend trying these out. I've seen no pests touch these plants, probably on account of their tiny sharp spines all over the vines. This plant is happy to ramble along the ground but doesn't seem to like climbing things too much. I like to eat the fruit immature, rind and all. The immature fruit taste very much like cucumbers, but once mature they taste more unique and tart. The vines have thorns that break easily but if they catch you on the grain they'll slice your skin right open. My plant flowered a lot during the summer but didn't fruit until after the september equinox

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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2 out of 2 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Chris D
Location:
Henderson, TN
Date:
September 18, 2014
          5.0
 
Wonderful
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 0.0
 

What are the pros? Easy and fun to grow, Pretty

What are the cons? long time to fruit

Review:

I bought these seeds on a whim. I've never grown cucumber or anything like it before. These took a while to germinate in my non-fertilized spot, but they took off with the vines. It took several weeks to get fruit after the vines were 6 feet tall. It took a friend of mine to point them out, but a watched pot never boils. I will be buying these again in the years to come! The flavors are wonderful, even a non-100% ripe fruit. I will fertilize the ground this fall and prepare for a bigger crop next year!

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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5 out of 5 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Dar
Location:
Caney, OK
Date:
August 17, 2014
          5.0
 
Jelly Melon
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 3.0
 

What are the pros? Delicious with sweetener

What are the cons? none

Review:

Planted seed in four five gallon pots under a tree in the spring. By fall the vines had climbed every branch of the tree and it was covered in jelly melon looking like Christmas ornaments. After the first frost ( zone 7, southern Okla) and the leaves fell off it really looked like a decorated tree as they were ripening. We harvested all before real cold came in. Jelly melon will ripen more after harvest. We gave a lot of the away as people were very curious about them hanging from the tree. We wrote up cards with the name of the fruit, how to grow it and how to season it (sweeten)etc.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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6 out of 6 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Liz
Location:
Everett, WA
Date:
March 23, 2014
          5.0
 
I can already tell...
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 0.0
 

What are the pros? Sprouts FAST

What are the cons? Already outgrew seed starter

Review:

Well, full disclosure: I have yet to grow this plant to maturity. I planted my kiwano seeds exactly one week ago in a plastic windowsill greenhouse with bottom heat and supplemental light and NO JOKE they have true leaves already. It is INSANE how quickly they sprouted and grew, so I can already tell that this is going to be one vigorous plant. 10 seeds is plenty even if you're an avid gardener like me, I started 6 seeds, and I will probably plant 2, and give 2 each to my mother and mother-in-law, who were both curious about this plant when I told them about it. I will definitely tell them to heed other reviewers' warnings about giving this guy plenty of space and a good sturdy trellis.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No
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