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Tzimbalo Melon Pear (15 seeds) (GR135) $3.00

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Tzimbalo Melon Pear

         
 
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This wild relative of Pepino is similar to it, and may even be Pepino's wild ancestor. Fruits are small, comparable in size to grapes, but shaped and marked similar to Pepino. The delicious little fruits ripen yellow or pale green, with similar longitudinal striping to Pepino, but they're much more juicy. Flavor is similar to Pepino but is often described as tangier and more complex, and tart, with subtle overtones of cucumber, melon and other fruit flavors. This South American native is best suited for greenhouse cultivation in most of the country, but plants may be overwintered indoors in pots. This is a very rare plant, possibly easier to grow than Pepino because it is often earlier from seed. Very exciting and fun.
 
Tzimbalo Melon Pear
Overall Rating:
         
4.0
 
 
Number of Reviews: 8
Easy to Grow 4.5
EarlyMaturity 1.5

62.5% would recommend this item to a friend.

 
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0 out of 0 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Joy
Location:
Petaluma, CA, United States
Date:
December 4, 2016
          2.0
 
Weird little fruits
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 0.0
 

What are the pros? Grows fine in warm climate

What are the cons? Doesn't taste good

Review:

I grew these and they did fine. I ended up with a lot of fruit (9-12 cups or so), but I don't like how they taste. They're sort of sweet, sort of tart, and have, as someone already said, a nauseating aftertaste. They definitely don't taste like a melon or a pear. I wouldn't grow them again, although I don't regret trying something different in the garden.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? No

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1 out of 1 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Alvarez Acres
Location:
Ostrander, OH, United States
Date:
November 25, 2016
          3.0
 
Weird flavor
Easy to Grow 3.5
EarlyMaturity 0.5
 

What are the pros? Lots of fruit

What are the cons? Weird flavor

Review:

Grew in zone 6a. As a tropical plant I was expecting it to take time to ripen, and by the end of the season I did get about 1.5 lbs of ripe fruit per plant. The flavor... other reviewers have called it interesting, I just call it weird. Largely tastes good, but with a nauseating aftertaste. Even the chickens wouldnt eat them. Strangely beautiful though, I could see someone making interesting floral arrangements with them

Would you recommend this product to a friend? No

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1 out of 1 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Marthas Garden
Location:
Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Date:
November 11, 2016
          3.0
 
Late Maturity
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 1.5
 

What are the pros? Interesting flavour when ripe

What are the cons? Fruit takes forever to ripen

Review:

I live in zone 3, but thought if I started this early enough indoors I would get some fruit. Started them indoors in January, planted out in early May, started setting fruit in early June, but no ripe fruits until September. I had about 100 plants and only produced about 2 lbs of ripe fruit before frost. Our summers are hot so I can't believe it took so long for such a small fruit to ripen. They also fall off the plant easily before they are ripe.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? No

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1 out of 2 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Lisa
Location:
Highland, IL, United States
Date:
November 7, 2016
          3.0
 
Lisa
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 1.0
 

What are the pros? Prolific and pretty fruits

What are the cons? takes too long to ripen

Review:

Our frost-free season in zone 6 is unusually long this year by over a month yet there are thousands of green fruits on the plants. It's really hard to pick them since they are all over the ground and difficult to tell if they are ripe enough to pick. I'm not sure if they will ripen in the house once picked but I think I'll just pick them all and process the yellowish ones. They definitely have a melon taste but they are tough to eat raw. I made a small batch of salsa with onions and hot peppers which turned out good.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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4 out of 4 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
JIm
Location:
Kansas City, MO, United States
Date:
September 19, 2016
          5.0
 
Fun and Unusual
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 3.0
 

What are the pros? Great Germination Rate

What are the cons? Slow to Mature

Review:

This is a very rare and unusual fruit but is super easy to grow with some patience. I've tried them in both ground and pot with success so far. They are quite prolific in ground. They are not as prolific in pot, but I'm hoping to see how they overwinter indoors. The fruits are tart and sweet with one of the most unusual aftertastes I've ever had. If you like to try new things, I highly recommend!

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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