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6590

Caigua

  • Botanical Name: Cyclanthera pedata

Pronounced Kai-wa, this South American vine is grown for its prolific small gherkin like fruit that can be eaten raw or pickled. Traditionally used to reduce blood cholesterol and high blood pressure but now regarded as a gourmet item for summer salads with a pleasant cucumber-like crispness and taste. The vigorous climber resembles a bitter melon vine and can be grown over a trellis or fence and even left to sprawl over the ground. The fruit are best eaten at an immature 2-3cm stage while the leaves and young shoots can also be eaten as greens. Best sown after last frosts.

Matures 90 days from transplant.
NZ $4.75
 
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INFORMATION

ORIGIN

Heirloom
OPTIMUM SOIL TEMP FOR GERMINATION
20-25
DAYS TO GERMINATION
5-7
Height
400cm
PREFERRED GROWING PERIOD
Warmer Temps
WHEN TO SOW
2.3
NUMBER OF SEEDS PER PACKET
10
PREFERRED GROWING METHOD

Transplant
BEST USE

Gourmet Vegetable

KEY to
WHEN TO SOW

1
EARLY
SPRING
2
LATE SPRING &
EARLY SUMMER
3
LATE SUMMER &
EARLY AUTUMN
   

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