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Momordica cochinchinensis (Gac Fruit)

7 (15)m, Gac Fruit is a vigorous vine within the cucumber family (Cucurbitaceae) from South Asia. Most plants are dioeceous, i.e. plants are either male or female. More rarely, certain plants may be monoecious with both sexes on the same plant. With time it makes a massive, caudex-like stem and fast growing vines with white flowers, followed by showy, pomelo-sized, ovoid, bright orange fruits on female plants after pollination. Fruits contain large seeds which are covered with a dark red flesh. Fresh fruits show the highest levels of lycopene in all fruits (up to 70 times the amount of lycopene in tomatoes) and up to 10 times the amount of beta-carotene in carots. Traditionally unripe one to two week old fruits are cooked and added to various Asian rice dishes and Indian curries. For any humus rich, well drained soil in a sunny spot throughout the year. Plants need a climbing add. In winter keep dryer and at a minimum of some 15°C. Seeds are extremely scarce and have the size of between a 20 Cent to an 1 Euro coin! Germination in this species is notoriously slow, seeds may rest in the soil for 12 months and more before they start to germinate. As a matter of fact, we had several seeds from a former batch which did no germinate until their third year. Thus be patient! Offered seeds we collected ourselves in Thailand. VI-VIII.
2 seeds per package.

Momordica cochinchinensis (Gac Fruit)
price (plus Shipping Costs)
seed package8078 € 9,99

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