Solanum muricatum: Pepino, Pepino Dulce (sweet cucumber) , Melon pear, Melon shrub
Pepino comes from South America.
It is a perennial evergreen shrub that can reach a height of up to 2 m. in greenhouse conditions.
Solanum muricatum ‘s fruit is golden yellow with purple streaks. Inside is juicy orange -yellow.
It cannot withstand temperatures below -2 oC
Solanum muricatum is easily propagated by seed and handling is similar to that of tomato or pepper.
Bear fruit in 4-6 months after transplanting.
Although perennial, often grown as an annual.
The fruits are edible and eaten raw or in fruit juice. They have great taste like melon and rich aroma.