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Katuk fruiting and Tindora (Ivy Gourd/ Coccina) fruits.
« on: October 19, 2017, 02:28:46 PM »
So since we had 1 night that was a pretty hard freeze
and i thought my Katuk plant was dead, i had bought 2 more.
i planted 1 about 15 to 20ft away, and the 3rd around the back of the house.
Had i thought i would get fruit, i might have planted it closer.
i might dig up the 3rd one, and plant it closer...
(its possible the sellers got thier stock from the same original cuttings maybe ??)

How close do i need it for insects to cross pollinate ?

Anyway, i did get 1  lone fruit.
THe large plant must have over 200 flowers on it.
i can imagine if they all fruited ??
At least now i have a few seeds to play with.

The fruit is more like a veg
However i have no idea if i am eating it at peak ripeness ?
as you can see the seed ratio is high
and the "flesh" ( a soft shell really) isnt bad as a veg,
though i might cook or stir-fry it if i get lots of them.







and...
Anyone taste these Ivy Gourd (Coccina Grandis) fruits when red ?
i know the Indian store sells them unripe, like little cucumbers.
but, they arent bad ripe.
fleshy, kinda stringy, but not in a bad way.
kinda sweet and a nice mild flavor.







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Re: Katuk fruiting and Tindora (Ivy Gourd/ Coccina) fruits.
« Reply #1 on: October 19, 2017, 03:05:55 PM »
I had the Katuk fruit a few time.
The inside part, sort of clinging to the seeds is sweet.
It kind of opens up more and and begins to drop the seeds.
Thats when i eat it.

Nothing special...mildy sweet.
Still a nice little treat when walking the yard.

All my plants came from one cutting so I don't think cross pollination is necessary.
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Re: Katuk fruiting and Tindora (Ivy Gourd/ Coccina) fruits.
« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2017, 02:12:00 PM »
I had the Katuk fruit a few time.
The inside part, sort of clinging to the seeds is sweet.
It kind of opens up more and and begins to drop the seeds.
Thats when i eat it.

Nothing special...mildy sweet.
Still a nice little treat when walking the yard.

All my plants came from one cutting so I don't think cross pollination is necessary.

thanks, i will wait a bit longer before trying the fruit next time.

ive talked to several people , none seem to have gotten fruit.
maybe it just needs a long summer and rich soil or something ?
good to know anyway...

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Re: Katuk fruiting and Tindora (Ivy Gourd/ Coccina) fruits.
« Reply #3 on: October 21, 2017, 03:59:57 PM »
I eat the greens from the plants and randomly scatter the seeds around.
Biodiversity is key.

 

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