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Achocha as an alternative crop

This experiment - to look at growing Achocha in the UK - is taking place in spring/summer 2024.

How to take part 🔗

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?

Background 🔗

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.

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Achocha are commonly described as having the texture of a pepper and the taste of a cucumber
Information
Difficulty Beginners – some familiarity with growing vegetables
Timescale April - November 2024
Space required 1.2 x 1.2 m and canes or trellis for plant to grow up
Materials needed Small pots, compost and suitable indoor space to get plants started
Commitment Growing 2 achocha plants – similar to growing courgettes