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Tzimbalo Melon Pear (25 seeds) (GR135) $3.50

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Tzimbalo Melon Pear

         
 
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(Solanum caripense) 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. Tart, with subtle overtones of cucumber, melon and other fruit flavors. This South American native is suited for both greenhouse and garden cultivation in most of the country, and plants may be overwintered indoors in pots. This is a very rare plant that is started indoors like tomatoes and bears a heavy yield from early August until frost in our Missouri gardens. Harvest when fruit starts to soften. Very exciting, fun and SO delicious.
 
Tzimbalo Melon Pear
Overall Rating:
         
3.5
 
 
Number of Reviews: 16
Easy to Grow 4.5
EarlyMaturity 2.5

62.5% would recommend this item to a friend.

 
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5 out of 6 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
mcsnail
Location:
Chicago, IL, United States
Date:
August 2, 2018
          4.0
 
not for zone 5
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 3.0
 

What are the pros? pretty plant

What are the cons? slow to ripen

Review:

This is a very robust, attractive, and easy to grow plant. The fruit are extremely plentiful and pretty--looking like little watermelons. I found the flavor of the unripe fruit sort of pleasant--a little bitter, cucumber, with faint tropical undertones. I suspect that I would like the ripe fruit--but never got to taste them. I tried to ripen them inside--but it didn't work--and when the weather cooled beyond what tomatoes would happily tolerate it started to die off without the fruit ripening. Since it was a big plant I took it out to plant fall crops. I think that it would likely prosper in zone 7 or 8.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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6 out of 9 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Marsha
Location:
Tucano, Bahia, Brazil
Date:
January 24, 2018
          2.0
 
Interesting but mediocre
Easy to Grow 2.0
EarlyMaturity 1.0
 

What are the pros? Curiosity for the garden

What are the cons? Very slow- fruits mediocre

Review:

These spent two years in a pot, flowering ( hot dry climate), finally produced three fruits and died. Fruits are mediocre, nothing special. Nice curiosity, but really not worth the trouble for real fruit production...

Would you recommend this product to a friend? No

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8 out of 10 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
mhuben
Location:
Tena, Ecuador
Date:
December 19, 2017
          3.0
 
Not for me.
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 3.0
 

What are the pros? easy and productive

What are the cons? flavor with bad aftertaste

Review:

I grew a couple of these in 2 gallon pots in full sun. They did very well and produced a substantial crop. Fruit did not drop: it was easy to allow the fruit to fully ripen until they were quite sweet. Fruit was also very rot resistant on the vine: I was able to pick firm, unblemished fruit even after the vines had died. My problem was the aftertaste, which was worse than artificial sweeteners. I ate a total of about 4 fruit. Various visitors liked the fruit: maybe most people aren't as picy about sweetener aftertastes as I am. That's the reason I won't grow it again.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? No

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10 out of 12 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
prairiegrl
Location:
Pinnacle, NC, United States
Date:
November 1, 2017
          2.0
 
Melon Pear
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 3.0
 

What are the pros? pretty plant

What are the cons? awful fruit, leggy

Review:

tried this to add another fruit to our menagerie. this was the worst fruit I have ever eaten. I tried it in all stages and thought it was awful. The plant gets quite large, easy to germinate and grow in zone 7.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? No

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15 out of 18 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
azureice
Location:
austin, TX, United States
Date:
October 28, 2017
          4.0
 
Not what i expected
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 3.0
 

What are the pros? Easygoing plant

What are the cons? Creeping branches root

Review:

Not much can take direct Texas summer sun... but this plant can. I think it's an attractove plant. And it got hail and abhurricane, pruning, irregular watering schedules, nothing slows it down. If i didnt know what to grow and needed a sunny. 3x3 area covered, id happily grow this again. It does get pests, but ... i dont consider the fruit edible, so i dont really fight them much. Oh- you need to pick how big youll allow the tzimbalo to gr8w, them mercilessly cut it when it steps outside. This thing grows and grows, it's amazing ? Oh, yeah, and about the fruits... That fruit is, uh. Not edible. Like, i tried it green and white, white, and white and green/purple. Im pretty sure it's poison at all color stages. It's beautiful anyway. In a famine maybe id eat it. I dunno, i think id starve instead. Im pretty sure im gonna have 50,000 of these all over my yard next year from the fruits. But i would just grow it for the plant.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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