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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: 19
Easy to Grow 3.5
EarlyMaturity 2.0

78.9% would recommend this item to a friend.

 
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0 out of 0 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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By Dar 17 Aug 2014

4 out of 4 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

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By Liz 23 Mar 2014

3 out of 3 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
mariowen
Location:
Canyon Lake, TX
Date:
January 21, 2014
          5.0
 
Great taste
Easy to Grow 0.0
EarlyMaturity 0.0
 

What are the pros? Wonderful flavor

What are the cons? none

Review:

I ordered the seeds for this little guy, but I had never tasted it before and wasn't sure about planting it. When I was at the grocery today, I checked out the produce department...and there it was!...at the price of $4.98 EACH! Well, now I was really curious so I bit the bullet and bought one. After reading the above information about it, I decided I would try it first and see if I liked it plain. Umm, not so good. So I tried sugar on it. It changed the taste entirely and it was superb. Now I am anxious to get the seeds and get started.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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By mariowen 21 Jan 2014

12 out of 12 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
natural gardener
Location:
Lawrence, KS
Date:
November 28, 2013
          5.0
 
hardy prolific tasty
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 4.0
 

What are the pros? deer & disease resistant

What are the cons? need gloves & long sleeves

Review:

LOVE this plant! 2nd year gardener, 2 year old plot, minimal amendments, heavily mulched, no supplemental water once transplants established, zone6. It's survival of the fittest in my garden, no sprays, minimal weeding & watering, occasional hand picking of bugs. Got a late start, but quickly caught up with other melons I tried,give it plenty of room it will smother anything within 8ft, loves to climb. Grown next to a melon that succumbed to powdery mildew, vines even overlapping, and this one wasn't affected at all. Bees loved it, pests didn't, and it was the only thing the deer didn't touch. Not only do the fruits have spines (which I easily removed with my thumbnail), but the vines are prickly too, like some fuzzy cacti (or fiberglass, lol). 4 plants, 5 months, 4 shopping bags of melons& still setting fruit in Oct after several frosts. Sweet juice, my 3 yr old liked it straight. Good keepers too, 2 months and the dead ripe ones are still good. Beautiful too!Will always grow this!

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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By natural gardener 28 Nov 2013

2 out of 7 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
LJ
Location:
Silver Spring, MD
Date:
September 18, 2013
          1.0
 
Big vines no fruit
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 0.0
 

What are the pros? Easy starts

What are the cons? No fruit

Review:

I started these by direct seeding around Mother's Day in the MidAtlantic. The vines went crazy! However, it's the middle of September and there was only one deformed fruit that rotted before it got fully ripe. I have limited real estate and a non-producing crop doesn't get a second chance in my garden.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? No

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By LJ 18 Sep 2013

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