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Solanum muricatum, Translates - Sweet Cucumber / Evergreen Shrub , S. American Small (3 ft) Semi-hardy (-3) evergreen shrub grown for edible fruit - Eggplant relative produces fruit the size of a chicken egg, with cream-colored rind & variable purple stripes. Cross between a melon & a pear in looks, thin edible skin & light-yellow juicy flesh tasting of cross of cucumber & honey dew melon. Use fresh or cooked. Glossy plants require a long season & grown like eggplants with staking. Native to Andes. Dont pick early, they're crisp but not sweet, Ripe when yellow streaks show & soft to a gentle squeeze. Store at room temp. Flowers Aug / Oct, Fruit Sep / Nov , Seed Count Approx - 10 avg
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