Ripening

Harvest the fruit when they are 4" in diameter which should be about 4 to 6 days after pollination. Generally it's better to harvest them when still fairly small, though often they are still good when twice this size. If you pick them while they are small it's easier to consume all that are produced, so less are wasted.

When and How

Whole Fruit, 1-56 days after maturity

When: Harvest the fruit when they are 4" in diameter, which should be about 4 to 6 days after pollination.

How: Cut the fruits from the plant with a sharp knife to minimize damage to the vine. Leave a small section of stem on the fruit to prevent moisture loss and so improve storage life.

How: Cut the fruits from the plant with a sharp knife to minimize damage to the vine. Leave a small section of stem on the fruit to prevent moisture loss and so improve storage life.

The male flowers are often used for food (leave enough to pollinate the females of course).

Plants/person:

1.0

Yield/plant:

7.0-10.0lbs

Yield/sq. ft.:

0.5-1.0lbs

Fruit Size:

Exterior Color:

Green with white speckling

Interior Color:

White

Nutrition:

The fruits contain folate, potassium Vitamin A and a small amount of manganese.