What are the pros? prolific, beautiful, easy care
What are the cons? green fruits hide in leaves
This is a beautiful, tall plant with an abundance of fruits, even in the NM desert heat. It was happy to live in a 3-foot grow bag with squash vines and pole beans. I had no problems with disease or pests. I amended the soil with earthworm castings and organic fertilizer when I transplanted it, and gave it a top dressing of kelp and organic fertilizer a couple of times over the summer and that was it for care other than watering. It's still going strong. My only small complaint is that I missed a few of the green fruits hidden in the leaves and they got too big. The flavor is great in the small to medium fruit, but if you let it get too large there is some bitterness. I've had it in stew and spaghetti sauce, and breaded and fried. I'll definitely grow this one again.
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