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    Default Any one know about achocha?

    Hello grapers,
    Want to try something new next year that will like the dampness of of our Summers in Leeds! Someone told me about a climber called achocha. Has anyone grown it? Is it a fruit or a veg, annual etc, I've never heard of it.

    Not sure if this the right place to be posting this?

    All contributions very welcome!

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    I got - hmm - 4 maybe even 5 tiny achochas on my plant this year; I believe Piskie had great success with hers this year.

    I'll move this to vegging out though, as it is veg based.


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    Best thing to do is google it, I have and it tells you how to grow it, how to get your seeds, how to cook it. Apparently its related to melons & cucumbers it grows on vigorous climbing plants (vines) and it was something to do with the Incas. Well worth a read.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zazen999 View Post
    ..I believe Piskie had great success with hers this year.
    I sure did - it was lovely to grow, bl**dy rampant tho

    I grew one outside using a grow bag with a pot for extra soil, it ran* up string that I had put in the pot and tied to a cross strut. I also grew soom in the greenhouse, in similar way - to be honest there wasn't much difference in the production of fruits, they both did very well.

    I ended up pickling some.

    Give it a go, it's fun - but a word of warning, it (the plant) does look - erm, illegal SD brought the Police dogs around to ensure it was cosher

    Thank you Flummery for the seeds

    *it also lassoed itself to anything that stood still, so give your plant plenty of room
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    I can back up Piskie, don't grow Achocha near anything else. My plants smothered a Clematis and started taking over next doors garden as well. Mine were prolific fruiters - freezers full of them. First time you cut open an Achocha you think - OH!, it's full of fully,stiff cotton wool (and seeds). It's a most unusual plant. Now it's my turn to be dumb, does Achocha look like THE naughty herbal plant? If you are still looking for seeds PM me and I'll send you some.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FROSTYFRECKLE View Post
    First time you cut open an Achocha you think - OH!, it's full of fully,stiff cotton wool (and seeds). .
    So,what's the best way to cook/eat it?
    Mine died, but may give them another go next time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by muckdiva View Post
    So,what's the best way to cook/eat it?
    If picked small I like them raw on salad - think cucumberish. If on the bigger side, stir fried is good.

    As mentioned above, I have also pickled some
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    The fruit look like WW2 sea mines (round with spikes). Are they edible when they look like this ? Mine exploded on the plant, no chance to pick.

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