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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) Fruit is small, comparable in size to grapes, but shaped and marked similar to Pepino. The delicious little fruit ripens yellow or pale green, with similar longitudinal striping to Pepino, but it's 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: 18
Easy to Grow 4.5
EarlyMaturity 2.5

66.7% would recommend this item to a friend.

 
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0 out of 0 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
NoPansies
Location:
Portland, OR, United States
Date:
October 16, 2019
          4.0
 
Fun different
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 3.0
 

What are the pros? Pretty plant, prolific

What are the cons? Hard to tell when they’re ripe

Review:

I tasted a few of these throughout the season, and they were bitter and awful. I found one today that was bigger than I sampled the others, and had a little give to it. Sweet and different, maybe a little like a ground cherry.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No

13 out of 14 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Judith
Location:
Littleton, MA, United States
Date:
February 13, 2019
          3.0
 
Interesting plant
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 2.0
 

What are the pros? Very productive; lot of fruit

What are the cons? Didn't know what to do with it

Review:

I planted 6 Tzimbalo's that I started from seed indoors. They got off to a slow start, but that was probably due to the cool Spring weather. Once they took off, I had to reign them in as they began to take over the garden. They had beautiful white flowers and liked all of the rain that we received from Mother Nature. The fruits took forever to ripen, but everything was late this season. When the frost came, I had buckets and buckets of unripe fruit. I picked them all and put them in the basement where they continued to ripen. My biggest issue with the fruits is that I didn't know what to do with them! They have a tough outer skin that prevented me from eating them raw. The insides tasted like a fruity cucumber. I searched all over the internet for some recipes, but found nothing. I finally resorted to pickling them. They held up well in my basement. Some had dehydrated, but after 3 months, there were still a lot of melons that were available for the pickling experiment.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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15 out of 17 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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11 out of 16 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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16 out of 18 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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