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Cocona (25 seeds) (GR230) $4.50

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Cocona

         
 
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An easy-to-grow fruit from the Amazon Jungle! A distant relative of eggplant, cocona is commonly found growing in the Peruvian Amazon. Baker Creek Seed hunters Shannon McCabe and Deb Vlietstra found these at a jungle market in Iquitos, Peru. The fruit averages 2 inches across with a vivid yellow to red color. The flesh is totally unique, sour and sweet with a distinctly creamy texture. Locals use it to add a tangy kick to sweet juice blends. Fruit is also diced into relishes and served with yuca empanadas. Locals tout the fruit as a healthy diabetic-friendly food. Cocona performed very well at Baker Creek this season. This is an excellent greenhouse plant in cooler climates. We start seeds indoors Feb 1 and harvest fruit by Sept. in our Missouri gardens.
 
Cocona
Overall Rating:
         
3.0
 
 
Number of Reviews: 3
Easy to Grow 4.5
EarlyMaturity 1.5

66.7% would recommend this item to a friend.

 
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Nickname:
Dadams
Location:
American Fork, UT, United States
Date:
January 17, 2019
          1.0
 
Need HOT weather
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 1.0
 

What are the pros? Handsome foliage. No diseases

What are the cons? No fruit

Review:

I grew these last year. The plants grew large and were beautiful. I saw flowers, but they would not set fruit. I have 3 beehives in my yard. It didn't matter. I suspect that they need a much hotter climate. I'm in 5b. It regularly gets to 100 deg here during the dog days of July and August, but it just isn't enough.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? No

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24 out of 26 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
TomM
Location:
Richmond, VA, United States
Date:
February 20, 2018
          4.0
 
Good success growing
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 1.0
 

What are the pros? Unique look of plant and fruit

What are the cons? Slow growth

Review:

Grew for the first time last year. Started seeds indoors on Jan 20th. Slow growing at first. I think about June flowers started, month or so later I got little balls of fluff that were baby fruit. Fruit matures really slowly - picked first fruit in Oct but wasn't sure how to know when ripe. Kinda a less juicy, and slightly less bitter, lemon. Placed most of fruit in a juicer and then mixed with lemon juice. The resulting juice tasted like grapefruit. Tasty! Basically this is a version of Naranjilla - fruit a little bigger and no thorns. I over-wintered several plants, with apparent success, in my basement near a window. Great looking plant, and the fruit gets a "WTH" response from people. Grow in partial shade - full sun seems to burn the leaves. I also grew them in 5 gallon buckets with great success. Withstands temps in the 30s with apparent ease, but a freeze will kill them dead! Ohh - yeah my fruit were noticeably more yellow than the red shown.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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33 out of 35 people found the following review helpful:

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Mason M
Location:
Winston Salem, NC, United States
Date:
December 10, 2017
          4.0
 
What
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 2.0
 

What are the pros? Healthy plant, lots of fruit

What are the cons? Taste, size

Review:

I grew these just because I wanted to. I planted it in a raised bed that we filled with leaf mulch and compost for an entire year, so to say this plant did well is an understatement. 6’ tall and easily 7’ wide. The leaves were the size of my torso (5’11” bodybuilder), and had 4-5 DOZEN fruit on it at its peak. However, I could NOT find a way to make the fruit less sour. It’s easily as sour as a lemon but has a very delicious taste that’s almost like ice cream. I tried boiling them in honey, blending them with berries, and I could not get rid of that coying sourness. Overall, still an amazing plant that survived temps into the upper 30s with no damage. If only I could find a use for them. They also have a layer of powder on them that’s hard to get off

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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