Momordica Cochinchinensis 2 Seeds, Edible Gac Fruit Vine Spiny Bitter Gourd

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Momordica cochinchinensis
Also known as: Gac Fruit, Spiny Bitter Gourd, Sweet Gourd

A rather rare tropical perennial fruiting vine that produce large highly nutritious fruit loaded with health benefits. The fruit, native to Southeast Asia, is easy to recognize with its bright orange spiny skin and deep red-orange colored flesh. Fresh fruit contains a high concentration of beta-carotene and lycopene. The pulp is dark red and is traditionally cooked with glutinous rice, but is also used in juices, nutritional supplements and more. Young leaves and flowers are even eaten boiled or stir-fried. Oil can also be obtained from the seeds.

It is a vigorous climbing plant, producing stems that can be 15 meters long, growing from a tuberous rootstock. The stems scramble over the ground and climb into nearby vegetation, sometimes to the tops of trees, supporting themselves by means of tendrils. A single plant can produce on average 30 to 60 fruit. Vines are however either male or female and more than one are needed for production. Flowers, which typically appear 2 to 4 months after initial planting, are pollinated by insects, birds, or by hand. Vines are thick and woody and female plants can also be grafted onto male plants. Fruit ripens within 4 to 6 months of pollination. The plant can become dormant in dry seasons or cooler weather, but grows all year round in the Equatorial zone. USDA zone 8

This offer is for 2 seeds.