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Pepino

Melon pear

Solanaceae Solanum muricatum Ait.

Source: Magness et al. 1971

The plant is an erect, spineless, bushy herb, reaching 2 to 3 feet in height, with oblong to lanceolate, entire leaves. The edible fruit is ovoid to oval, up to 6 inches long, borne on a long stem. It is yellow fleshed and generally seedless, tender, highly aromatic and juicy. It is cultivated in the tropics, and can be grown in most parts of the U.S., but is little grown. In general culture it resembles eggplant, and the fruit is somewhat similar to eggplant, but more acid.


Season, seeding to first harvest: 4 to 5 months.

Production in the U.S.: No data, very minor.

Use: Mainly as cooked vegetable.

Part of plant consumed: Large fleshy fruits only.


Last update February 18, 1999 by ch