Pepino, Melon Pear

(Lycopersicon esculentum )

A popular crimson red medium tomato with great taste that tolerates low night temperatures, so it is ideal for cooler area. A Russian heirloom that is an early producer. A tough and vigorous producer that needs staking.

An attractive cultivar medium sized, scarlet red fruit that is full of flavour. Tolerant of cool night temperatures and ideal for cool climate gardens

Flavours/Food Partners

A rich flavored tomato that partners well with Latin herbs like garlic, oregano, marjoram, rosemary and thyme. Use with any good salad vegetable, Nasturtium flowers and mixed fresh herbs to make an attractive and tasty salad.

Health/Cooking/Medicinal

Like all tomatoes, Red Russian is high in the cancer fighting agent, Lycopene and also Vitamin C. For a classic rich sauce cook and mix with garlic, marjoram, sweet basil, diced shallots, and fresh pizza thyme. Finely dice, mix finely chopped shallots, fresh pesto basil and extra virgin olive oil and place on lightly toasted Turkish bread then top with an anchovie for a special homemade bruschetta.

Landscaping/Planting

Plant in an airy, sunny position in well drained soil or very large pots. Requires a 1.1 to 1.4 m stake.

Cultivation/Fertiliser

Like all tomatoes it must receive a deep soaking when almost dry and should not receive overhead watering. Feed regularly with Seasol and Powerfeed. A small amount of dolomite lime after planting will make stronger plants. Remove side shoots and develop two or three main leaders. Harvest when fruit is full color

Herb Attributes

Position Full Sun
Height 1.2m
Width 50cm
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Description

(Solanum muricatum)

An easy to grow vine with green to cream fruit that has stripes of purple and tastes like a cross between a honeydew melon and a cucumber. Originating in the Andes region of South America the name Pepino is Spanish for cucumber.

Flavours/Food Partners

A mellow fruit that can be used in savoury dishes like salads and stir-fries or as a classic melon with cream and sweet sauces. Partners well with mint, coriander, dill and other light herbs. As a savoury dish, it ties in well with light meats like poultry and fish and other fruit like Tamarillo. Perfect snack for school lunchboxes.

Health/Cooking/Medicinal

A simple fruit that should be harvested when colour deepens and flesh starts to soften. Whole fruit can be eaten including skin and seeds. The flavour is soft and is easily overpowered by strong spices so take care when mixing. Another fruit that is very high in Vitamin C.

Landscaping/Planting

This scrambling vine can be grown in large pots or trained along a fence or warm wall. Can also be used a groundcover in a traditional cottage garden. Will grow in most soil types and tolerates down to -2C and light frosts.

Cultivation/Fertiliser

Fruit ripens five to eight weeks after formation. Give regular applications of Seasol and Powerfeed to keep the plant healthy and producing well.

Herb Attributes

Position PART TO FULL SUN, LIGHT FROST
Height 1.5M
Width 2.5M