Melon Pears

I planted a melon pear earlier this year. It was about 10 cm high. It is now more than 30 cm and has plenty of fruit. I am waiting for the fruit to develop light purple stripes and turn soft before I pick them. They taste a lot like spanspek. The plant can be multiplied by taking and planting slips.

Elaine Fike….Hillcrest


7 Responses to Melon Pears

  1. Merle Mulder November 25, 2013 at 10:22 am #

    Most interesting! Never heard of this plant / fruit until now. Where could one get seeds, or perhaps cuttings?

  2. Juan October 6, 2014 at 11:37 am #

    I am looking all over for seedlings/seeds – where can I find some?
    Preferably in the Western Cape

  3. Antonet October 6, 2014 at 3:50 pm #

    I bought a plant from our local Builders Warehouse here in Pietermaritzburg last year. the plant had lovely fruit, but almost no taste. Sadly, I sold the house and left the plant for the new owner.

  4. AD Nel February 10, 2015 at 12:40 pm #

    Hi All. I am in Roodepoort and would appreciate anyone willing to share some of there seed with me. I have some interesting tomoto seeds to swop.

  5. AD Nel February 10, 2015 at 1:06 pm #

    Hello. have you tried growing these melon pears from seeds? If so, Please could you let me have some? If there is anyone on the West Rand who can offer me cuttings or settled plants I really would appreciate it.

  6. Khalid February 15, 2015 at 2:56 pm #

    Find a shop that stocks indian veggies. Find a really overgrown bittergourd, it should be yellowing. Cut it open. Plant seeds when dry.
    Must warn you it is pretty bitter.

  7. Khalid February 15, 2015 at 3:02 pm #

    Apologies all. I confused the melon pear with the bitter gourd / karela etc. Sorry

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