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CUCUMBER African Horned

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Cucumis metuliferus

Family: Cucurbitaceae

Characteristics: Annual creeping vine

Seed per packet: 12

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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 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 again 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.

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 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 again 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.

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

Tropical: Spring & 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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