What are the pros? Beautiful plant; cool looking!
What are the cons? Not easy to clean seeds out.
So much fun to watch grow!!! I'm in zone 9; the seeds were very slow to germinate and grow because they really needed the heat to get going. By June, my one little seeding really took off! I had to keep adding trellises and frames for it to grow on. The heavy fruits pulled down one of my temporary fences. It grew so incredibly fast and the fruit I grew were enormous... 12-14 inches long. I read that they are good cooked before ripening -- like a squash. I scooped out all of the seeds (you really have to dig them out with a strong spoon -- better off scooping as if you are pulling out one large chunk of seeds); I skinned it and saut?ed it with onions. Was delicious. Mid November, we got our first frost, and because I was afraid I was going to lose the plant, I harvested all the fruits I had growing; I think total, I got around 12 very large fruits; 4 of them turned that beautiful dark red and the rest were green before harvesting. The plant resisted bugs and caterpillars, too.
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