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We would like to see how feasible it is to grow achocha as an outdoor UK crop as an alternative to produce that might be grown in a heated glasshouse or imported. Is it dependable everywhere in the UK? How do people rate its taste?
Achocha (Cyclanthera pedata) is a cucurbit crop thought to originate from South America. It is commonly found grown in the region ranging from Mexico to Bolivia in mountainous valleys up to a height of 2000 m. Achocha is best grown as a vertical vine and produces large numbers of small hollow fruits. They are commonly described as having the texture of a pepper and the taste of a cucumber. Younger fruits can be eaten raw whilst the older fruits are often cooked baked and stuffed with the seeds removed.