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CUCUMBER African Horned - Cucumis metuliferus


Stock: Available

SKU Code: V 320


Family: Cucurbitaceae
Characteristics: Annual creeping vine

Seed per packet: 25
Seed per gram: 68

An orange spiky cucumber with a subtle banana and passionfruit flavour.
African horned cucumber is a traditional food plant indigenous to Southern and Central Africa that can be eaten young, mature green or when yellow ripe. can be eaten fresh, made into juice, or used in a fruit salad. 

The fruit's seeds are covered in a gelatine-like substance with a slight sweetness. Boiling it until soft the fruit can be made into a jelly by straining it and again boiling the fruit pulp with a cup of sugar for each cup of water. 

A long keeper it is believed to have arrived in Australia with Boer War soldiers it is also known as Kiwano or Jelly Melon.

Grow notes:

Adaptable to most good garden soils that are well-drained in a sunny position; provide adequate food and water.

TropicalSpring & Autumn
Temperate: Spring & Summer.
Cool climate: Late Spring & Summer

Sow: 1cm deep
Best sown direct in a sunny well-drained position 3-4 seeds in a mound. Thin to the strongest two plants in each mound.
Plant space: 30cm
Row Space: 100 cm
Germination: 6-10 days
Maturity: 6-8 weeks

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