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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: 11
Easy to Grow 4.5
EarlyMaturity 2.0

72.7% would recommend this item to a friend.

 
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1 out of 1 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
azureice
Location:
austin, TX, United States
Date:
June 29, 2017
          4.0
 
Thrives in Texas
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 4.0
 

What are the pros? Easy to grow

What are the cons? Not too sure about the fruit

Review:

I grew 2 of these. Germinated in febuary, moved outside in midmarch. I put one in a container, as its recommended as a container plant. It is doing terribly, about 3 inches tall, but does have like 6 fruits. Whatever. I put the other in the ground, and Zimmy has grown and grown. Ive repeatedly cut back the lowest draping foliage, and some excess foliage. I finally topped some of the stems. I didnt really want to grow it up poles tied to the poles, and cut it back to only 3 branches as recommended, because i like its nice bushy look. I rigged up some support for it though, to keep it and its fruits from lying on the ground, and to make it so i can easily oick up part of it and check the fruits. It is about 4-5 feet wide, because ive controlled its growth-- it would be wider. De-rocked clay soil, mixed with compost/wood chips. Mulched once it was hot in the day. Pests arent any worse here than other edible solanaceae. youll need to control them.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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2 out of 2 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
dstack
Location:
Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States
Date:
April 10, 2017
          4.0
 
Very interesting
Easy to Grow 3.5
EarlyMaturity 3.0
 

What are the pros? germinates very easy

What are the cons? whitefly & take long to ripen

Review:

The fruit took months to ripen, so you have to be very patient. I basically had to forget about the plant for a weeks once the fruit appeared. I gave one to my mom, and she said it was the worst tasting thing she's EVER eaten. I didn't think it was that bad; just very tart. A week later I gave her one that was ripe, and after being chilled in the frig. She was so surprised at the difference, but still not sure if she liked it or not. My own opinion is that it's like taking all the sweetness and flavor of a honeydew and cantelop, then condensing that down to the size of a grape with a crunchy skin. It's a burst of strong flavor and sweetness. The only difference between unripe and ripe is that there's a slightly darker pigment and contrast in the stripes. The plant is highly acceptable to whitefly and root knot nematodes, and it was a bit invasive in my square foot bed. Next time I will try it in a hanging pot.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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8 out of 9 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Michelle
Location:
Santa Fe, NM, United States
Date:
February 11, 2017
          5.0
 
Success in the southwest
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 3.5
 

What are the pros? Every seed germinated

What are the cons? Only 4 seeds?

Review:

This was my first time growing this plant and I am pleasantly surprised by how well it took to a desert environment. I started this indoors last year in a milk jug with a plastic sandwich bag, and by the second week the sprouts rapidly grew lush and green, transferred them to a larger container and they kept right at it. I strongly recommend using a trellis, as the plants are top heavy and need support. The flowers were pollinated by local humming bird moths. No fruits last year, but fruits this year were small and almost heart shaped, the fruit didn't taste like a pear, more like a honeydew. The bad aftertaste that some people are reporting are probably because they ate the peel, I made that mistake too. It's best to treat this fruit like a tiny melon, discard the rind and enjoy.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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3 out of 4 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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6 out of 6 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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