Achoccha (Cyclanthera pedata)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Achoccha
Cyclanthera pedata
Cucurbitaceae

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    None known

  • Edible Use

    Fruit. Young fruits are eaten raw or cooked and have a similar taste to cucumbers though they are not crisp[183, 193]. Older fruits are cooked, they can be stuffed in much the same way as marrows[183, 196]. The fruit is about 6 – 15cm long[196] and 6cm wide[200].

    Leaves and tender young shoots – cooked[183].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – sow mid spring in a rich compost in a warm greenhouse. Put 2 or 3 seeds in a pot and thin the seedlings to the strongest plant. Plant out after the last expected frost and give the plants some protection such as a cloche until they are growing away well.
Requires a very warm, sunny and sheltered position in a rich well-drained soil[200]. The achocha is occasionally cultivated for its edible fruit in S. America, there are many named forms[196]. Plants are not very cold-hardy in Britain and are normally grown in a greenhouse. However, if the plants are started in a greenhouse in the spring and grown on well it is possible to get reasonable yields in most years outdoors in Britain. Fruiting plants have been seen outdoors on a number of occasions at Kew Botanical gardens[K].
C. and S. America.

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