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Head Count

Head Count

So, I’m still fighting an infection of some sort. Ibuprofen and Goldenseal tea are my two best buds. However, ¬†yesterday evening I got dressed just enough to not shock the neighbors and went to do a quick inspection of the garden. I had decided I may need to make a list of tasks for the Parsnip to do if anyone was in desperate need of anything.

All was quiet on the garden front. Our abundance of rain coupled with warm (okay, hot) weather has left my garden feeling rather smug about herself.

Lemon Cucumber June 2012

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Paisley Plant of the Week: Jelly Melon

Paisley Plant of the Week: Jelly Melon

Kiwano or Jelly melon

What is this thing? Roughly the size and shape of an oblong personal melon of some kind. But, then it’s “horned” and bumpy, and well, it’s orange. Open it up and, woah Nellie, it’s green! Bright green! Is this someones idea of a garden joke? Sort of.

In Africa, where it originates, it is called “gaka” or “gakachika”. It can be called kiwano, melano, horned melon, English tomato, or cherie. It has many names. I think it’s because it’s kind of hard to peg. It can be eaten while it is still green, allowed to ripen to it’s full bright yellow and orange or at any stage in between.

Fruit from Outer Space?

It’s called a melon, but it’s really a cucumber. It’s kind of big like a melon, but inside it looks like a cucumber and it’s banana, citrus, cucumber, zucchini flavor all at once will have you wondering just what is this thing?

I love the Jelly Melon for a few reasons.

  1. It bears smallish size melons, perfect for a trellis.
  2. It’s interesting color and texture provides imaginative decoration in the garden and in the kitchen.
  3. It’s good in juice, you can also make a jam with it.
  4. It is extremely productive.
  5. You can pick the fruit small and pickle them.
  6. It’s high in antioxidants, vitamin C, iron, magnesium, B6, ¬†and and has about 2g of fiber when you eat it skin and all. That’s pretty nutritious for one fruit Read the rest of this entry