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Cyclanthera pedata species, Food of the Incas - Annual (achuqcha), Food crop is grown by the Incas & of the Cucurbit family, requires similar conditions to grow. An extremely vigorous climber, 3 to 4 meters before frosts. Fruits are an odd shape, like Turkish shoes or Ladies slippers. Taste is like a cucumber when eaten raw & if stir-fried, like sweet green pepper. Also claimed to help lower cholesterol levels. Flowers July/Aug (Pollinated by hoverflies). Best eaten raw or stir-fried when the shoe is under 2 cm long, so soft & tender, or leave to full size, then remove seed & stuff (maybe cream cheese?), Seed Count Approx - 25 avg
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