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Cucumis metuliferus
CUCUMBER-KIWANO-(PRICKLY CUKE) is a member of the melon & cucumber family & is native to southern & central Africa. Very unusual fruit with spiny horns. The green-yellow skin turns a bright deep orange when ready to harvest. It tastes like a combination of banana, melon, cucumber & lime. The seeds & pulp of the kiwano are very nutritious as the seeds contain Vitamin A in the form of carotenoids such as Beta-carotene, which promotes the health of the eyes, & skin as well as having free-radical scavenging properties & boosting the immune system. The seeds contain oleic & linoleic fatty acids too making them very good for blood pressure & overall health. Also known in Australia as ‘Prickly Cuke’.

Sow two seeds per final position. When the plants have the first true leaves, thin to one plant per position. Must have warm soil & conditions for growing.

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Germination Time (Days) 10 – 15
Maturity Time (Days) 60 – 90
Sowing Depth (mm) 10
Plant Spacing (cm) 40 – 60
Row Spacing (cm) 100 – 120
pH 5 – 7.5
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ABSeeds is an Australian owned business trading under the umbrella of Direct Compost Solutions which is owned and managed by Victoria Brun.

We as a company endeavor to provide to the public, Organic, Old Fashioned, Heritage, and Open-pollinated seeds that have not been genetically modified.

We purchased the business in November 2018 and renamed it to ABSeeds (All ‘Bout Seeds) to make the title shorter and represent what we hope to achieve with this business in the years ahead.

Seeds that we can’t grow ourselves we will acquire from people who grow for us, or we may purchase seeds from reputable heritage seed companies.

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