Solanum_caripense_b Plant - Solanum caripense aka Tzimbalo Melon Pear
Grower: Good Roots of Multiple Choices
Price: $3.50 ( 4-inch pot)
%> Available (Exact): 2

This South American relative of Tomatoes, Tomatillo, Eggplants, Peppers, and other members of the Solanaceae (Nightshade) Family is suited for both greenhouse and garden cultivation in most of the U.S. Tzimbalo fruit looks similar to that of its close cousin, Solanum muricatum (aka Pepino Dulce, Pepino Melon, which is not a true melon). Tzimbalo fruit is much smaller [roughly 1 inch round] and has more of a tangy kick to it with hints of cucumber, whereas Pepino Dulce is mildly sweet and not as juicy. A one- to three-foot shrub, Tzimbalo can withstand temperatures as low as the mid 20s Fahrenheit for short durations, but does best in warmer climates or in greenhouses, generally with full sun. Harvest Tzimbalo when the clustered fruits start to soften and are a pale greenish yellow with purplish streaks. If eaten before being fully ripe, Tzimabalo can be extremely tart. Don't eat the peel as it leaves a very unpleasant after-taste.