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Cyclanthera pedata, 10 seeds
With many common names and being a disease-resistant heirloom with a long cultivation history (ancient enough to be metioned in the book Lost Crops of The Incas), Cyclanthera pedata is unfortunately, still relatively hard-to-find in garden centers. This vine native to Peru and Bolivia has tendrils that can grap onto anything and an ugly fence will quickly be covered by its gorgeously shaped, bright-green leaves. Perennial but usually grown as annual, it needs a long season to start producing its small yellowish blooms but once fruit production starts, it is almost non-stop. The small green, slightly curved fruits can be eaten young and have a taste and texture similar to cucumbers. Mature fruits are lighter green and hollow in the center, making them suitable for stuffing, just like bell pepper. 10 feet tall. Full sun. Well-drained soil. Regular water. Fresh seeds, harvested 11/2017.
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