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  • Kiwano - African Horned Cucumber
  • Kiwano - African Horned Cucumber
  • Kiwano - African Horned Cucumber
  • Kiwano African Horned Cucumber
 
  • Kiwano - African Horned Cucumber
  • Kiwano - African Horned Cucumber
  • Kiwano - African Horned Cucumber
  • Kiwano African Horned Cucumber

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Kiwano - African Horned Cucumber (10 seeds) (JM101) $3.00

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Kiwano - African Horned Cucumber

         
 
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(Cucumis metuliferus) Very unusual fruit with spiny “horns.” The green-yellow skin turns a bright deep orange when ready to harvest, and the pulp inside the fruit resembles lime green Jell-O. The fruit has a sweet-sour, banana-lime tropical fruit taste, good juiced and sweetened and delicious with yogurt. This fruit is showing up quite often in US markets. Native to Africa, it is hardy and easy to grow; can be grown just about anywhere you can grow melons. Beautiful vine and fruit! Tiny seed.
 
Kiwano - African Horned Cucumber
Overall Rating:
         
4.0
 
 
Number of Reviews: 44
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 2.0

84.1% would recommend this item to a friend.

 
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Nickname:
GardenHoe
Location:
Fayetteville, AR, United States
Date:
October 30, 2018
          3.0
 
Vigorous vines
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 2.0
 

What are the pros? Easy, interesting, no bugs

What are the cons? Slow maturity, taste

Review:

I started 2 seeds indoors, transplanted them, and as the summer sun set in, they took off! The vines are extremely vigorous; I had a difficult time controlling them. Trellis them for sure. We tried the fruit when green, tastes just like a cucumber. When they ripened to orange, we tasted again. I was not that impressed. They are so fun, though! I love telling people about them. It is also the end of October and there are still fruits on the vines. I'm using some of them in my Halloween decorations. Unlike other cucurbits, we had ZERO bug problems, so that was awesome. I think they would make a great barrier plant for predation. I would recommend solely based on the fact that they look so cool lol Also, if you enjoy cucumbers, don't mind seeds, and don't want insects eating your crop, these are for you but WEAR GLOVES

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No

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Nickname:
KjellBleivik
Location:
Moss, stfold, Norway
Date:
October 28, 2018
          4.0
 
Potential as the sour element.
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 3.0
 

What are the pros? Easy to grow.

What are the cons? Too sour to eat for ME.

Review:

Easy to grow here in Southern Norway. Grew 2 plants from seeds indoors and planted them out in May. Slow to germinate, but got about 10 fruits on one plant and a few on the other. Too sour to eat raw but may be good as the sour element in cooking. I will try it in yoghurt. I give it 4 stars because it may be a good sour element in coocking. People that love the taste of lemon and / or lime may love the fruit.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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0 out of 0 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Pokie in SanD
Location:
San Diego, CA, United States
Date:
October 12, 2018
          3.0
 
Abundant but not for me
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 3.0
 

What are the pros? Abundant harvest, easy to grow

What are the cons? Flavor not for me, invasive

Review:

These looked interesting and wanted to give him a try. They were slow to sprout but then took off, everywhere! Certainly easy to grow. The flavo and texture were not for me. I did let one get really orange and the flavor certainly was improved but still not worth it for me. One unexpected bonus is that the plants and fruit are very spiky and I put them around my raised beds to keep the raccoons out and it seems to have worked! And I am now sure to wear shoes in the garden!

Would you recommend this product to a friend? No

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2 out of 2 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
pagrower
Location:
franklin county, PA, United States
Date:
August 14, 2018
          3.0
 
Vigorous takes over
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 1.0
 

What are the pros? will grow

What are the cons? this thing is part cactus

Review:

I started this plant last January and grew it in the house until it was planted outside when the weather warmed up. I planted it in a large raised bed (about 16 foot by 4). It took off and is pretty much taking over that whole area. The problem is that I cannot reach in and get stuff off the other plants without touching this one. The vines have tiny sharp spines on them that break off into your skin when you touch it. It is almost like a cactus. For as big as it is, it does not have many fruits on it and they are not ripe as of yet (August). If I was to raise this one again i would throw it in the most remote, neglected area of the garden, but never again in a raised bed with more civilized vegetables.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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0 out of 0 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Jana
Location:
Henrietta, TX, United States
Date:
August 5, 2018
          5.0
 
Fun plant
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 0.0
 

What are the pros? Fun to watch, easy to grow.

What are the cons? No fruit after 5 months.

Review:

Bought a small one at a local farmers market, grows rapidly, Easy to grow but no fruit yet. Had to separate Audry (Yes from Little Shop of Horrors) from other plants. The runners try to strangle everything and reach out to anyone or thing around it. The plant is fun to watch. It prefers just plain water or ph balanced water, doesn't like added nutrients.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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