20 Seeds Pepino Dulce Sweet Cucumber Pepino Melon Fruit Seeds for Planting Solanum Muricatum Melon PearRegular price $11.99 Save $-11.99
- The taste of pepino fruit has been described as a cross between a cucumber and a honeydew melon or a cantaloupe. The fruit is mildly sweet and best eaten when completely ripe for the sweetest flavor. Unripened fruit can be cooked like squash.
- Pepino plants are ideally grown in a temperate climate. They prefer a neutral pH soil level, as do many fruits and vegetables.
- The pepino melon is ripe and ready to harvest when it turns a pale creamy color all the way through to golden yellow with purple stripes (though stripes may not form if the fruit is shaded). For the tastiest fruit, leave it on the plant until fully ripe for the flavor to develop.
Solanum muricatum is a species of evergreen shrub native to South America and grown for its sweet edible fruit. It is known as pepino dulce ("sweet cucumber" in English, in order to differentiate it from cucumber which is also called "pepino" in Spanish) or simply pepino; the latter is also used for similar species such as "S. mucronatum" (which actually seems to belong in the related genus Lycianthes). The pepino dulce fruit resembles a melon (Cucumis melo) in color, and its flavor recalls a succulent mixture of honeydew and cucumber, and thus it is also sometimes called pepino melon or melon pear. Another common name, "tree melon", is more often used for the papaya (Carica papaya) though the pepino dulce plant generally does not look much like a tree; it looks more like a ground cover, trailing plant. The present species is, however, a close relative of other nightshades cultivated for their fruit, including the tomato (S. lycopersicum) and the eggplant/aubergine (S. melongena), which its own fruit closely resembles.