This Japanese variety is an easy and vigorous grower. The large climbing vine produces yellow flowers and 7-8" dark green fruits with heavily warted skin. The vine can grow 12' long and has a high tolerance for heat. Young leafy shoots can also be harvested. Widely grown in Japan and other tropical Asian countries.
Warm season annual
Approx. 7-10 seeds in packet. (A seed will vary in weight and size within a given seed lot. The number of seeds stated is only an estimate.)
1800 seed count per pound.
Maturity: Approx. 60-70 days
Planting season: Late spring to early summer
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Cultivation: Prepare fertile, well-drained soil. In warm areas, sow seeds in late spring/summer after last frost in a sunny location. For better germination, sprout seeds indoors by soaking in water for 24 hours. Wrap in wet paper towel and keep warm between 75-85°F. Plant when seeds sprout. Keep soil moist. Fertilize as needed. Train to climb a vertical support for better air circulation and ease of harvest. Low soil temperatures may result in low or no germination.
Please note: Maturity, adaptability and disease tolerance may differ under your specific climate and/or growing conditions.
Culinary tips: Young fruit is delicious in soups and salads. Can be lightly fried, stuffed with meat or stir-fried with pork and fermented black beans. Young shoots and leaves are also edible and can be quick fried. Recommended as a healthy food by the American Diabetic Association.
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