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Characteristics: Fruiting Vine
Seeds per packet: 6
A very versatile, fast growing vigorous plant producing long fruits which are distinguished by 10 ridges. All parts of this plant are edible. The leaves can be eaten in salads, the stem tops and flower buds can be steamed and the seeds can be roasted. The fruits are best eaten when still green, less than 12 cm and taste similar to zucchini. Allowed to fully ripen and dry on the vine the flesh disappears leaving only the fibrous skeleton and seeds, which can be easily shaken out. The resulting “sponge” is used as a body scrub.
Adaptable to most good garden soils but prefers a rich soil with generous amount of water in full sun.
Tropical: All Year Round
Temperate: Spring to Early Summer
Cool climate: Mid Spring to Early Summer
Sow: 2cm deep
Sow 3-4 seeds in raised mounds 1 metre apart in direct in growing position. Thin to to the stwo strongest plants in each mound.
Plant space: 1 metre
Row Space: 1 metre
Germination: 6-10 days
Maturity: 14 weeks