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Solanum muricatum var New Yorker
Pepino Dulce is a somewhat hardy tomato relative. The name pepino dulce means sweet cucumber in english and the flavor of the fruit is somewhat like a sweet melon when ripe. The plant is prized for its medium sized fruit and sprawling nature to be used as edible ground cover in a food forest. Pepino Dulce is easy to root by cuttings and orginates from the Andes and so it can handle cooler temperatures and is hardy down to 28 degrees. 9-11 is a safer bet as a freeze can knock it back and/or kill it.
Introduced into California by Vincent Rizzo of New York state from material obtained in Chile. Medium to large, oval fruit, apex pointed. Skin smooth golden yellow when mature, prominently striped with deep purple. Flesh firm, juicy, yellow-orange. Flavor sweet, virtually free of soapiness. Seeds few. Keeps for several weeks. Upright growth habit. Sets fruit well without cross pollination.
USDA Certified Organic
Pot Size: 4 Inch
Plant Size: 6 in
USDA Hardiness- 9b- 11 (colder with some protection or in food forest setting
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