Fruit. Young fruits are eaten raw or cooked and have a similar taste to cucumbers though they are not crisp
. Older fruits are cooked, they can be stuffed in much the same way as marrows
. The fruit is about 6 - 15cm long
and 6cm wide
Leaves and tender young shoots - cooked
There are no material uses listed for Cyclanthera pedata.
There are no medicinal uses listed for Cyclanthera pedata.
Seed - sow mid spring in a rich compost in a warm greenhouse. Put 2 or 3 seeds in a pot and thin the seedlings to the strongest plant. Plant out after the last expected frost and give the plants some protection such as a cloche until they are growing away well.
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Requires a very warm, sunny and sheltered position in a rich well-drained soil
The achocha is occasionally cultivated for its edible fruit in S. America, there are many named forms
. Plants are not very cold-hardy in Britain and are normally grown in a greenhouse. However, if the plants are started in a greenhouse in the spring and grown on well it is possible to get reasonable yields in most years outdoors in Britain. Fruiting plants have been seen outdoors on a number of occasions at Kew Botanical gardens[K].
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? 1.01.11.21.3 Facciola. S. Cornucopia - A Source Book of Edible Plants. Kampong Publications ISBN 0-9628087-0-9 (1990-00-00)
? 2.02.1 Low. T. Wild Food Plants of Australia. Angus and Robertson. ISBN 0-207-14383-8 (1989-00-00)
? 3.03.13.23.3 Popenoe. H. et al Lost Crops of the Incas National Academy Press ISBN 0-309-04264-X (1990-00-00)
? 4.04.14.24.3 Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. MacMillan Press ISBN 0-333-47494-5 (1992-00-00)
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