Solved Spiky Green Fruits from a Vine

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  1. Tabbee

    Tabbee Apprentice Gardener

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    Hi,

    I’d been given some seeds for some edible climbing plants earlier this year, but the person who gave them to me can’t remember what they’re called. I’ve done some research but can’t seem to find out - they’re not wild cucumbers but other than that I don’t know what they could be. The ‘fruits’ are hollow with black seeds inside, and the flesh tastes a bit like lettuce, celery or green pepper. Could anyone help please?

    Thanks!
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    • Silver surfer

      Silver surfer PLANTAHOLIC

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      Maybe Cyclanthera brachystachya...common name Achocha fat babies?
      Cyclanthera brachystachya - Google Search

      #slippergourd Instagram posts - Gramho.com

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      "Achocha ‘Fat Baby’ (Cyclanthera brachystachya) Have you tried these? These small fruits have a fresh flavour, a cross between a minty cucumber and a green pepper When picked young they can be eaten raw in salads or stir-fried & When left to mature they can be prepared like stuffed peppers. Fat Baby is prolific, remarkably easy to grow & adapts well to our Irish climate. Give it a try! #funfact - Also known as Caigua, Slipper Gourd & Lady's Slipper - It is considered to be one of the 'Lost Crops of the Incas' "
       
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      • pete

        pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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        I'm thinking you might get a few requests for a seed .
        Its a new one to try.:biggrin:
         
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        • NigelJ

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          A number of UK companies sell seed of Cyclanthera brachystachya
           
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          • Tabbee

            Tabbee Apprentice Gardener

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            I think you’re right! Thanks for the help
             
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            • Tabbee

              Tabbee Apprentice Gardener

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              Haha it’s certainly very different!
               
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