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Mormodica balsamina - Balsam Apple - 5 Fresh Seeds

Mormodica balsamina - Balsam Apple - 5 Fresh Seeds

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Mormodica balsamina - Balsam Apple - 5 Fresh Seeds

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Mormodica balsamina - Balsam Apple

This listing is for 5 seeds.

This is a perennial member of the gourd family.  It developes a large succulent tuberous rootstock from which it produces annual vines each year.  The vines have divided and hairy leaves and it has tendrils which it uses to climb and scramble.  It can produce its flowers at any time that the vines are growing, there are male and female flowers which are a creamy yellow or all yellow.  The male flowers have dark spots on the petals.  The fruit that follows the female flowers are quite spectacular.  The develop into a pear shape, green at first, turning yellow, orange and finally red.  The fruits have spikes on the surface and contain several seeds covered in a sweet sticky pulp (the only part of the fruit that should be eaten as the seeds and skin are poisonous to various degrees).  The fruits burst when ripe (as shown in the last image here).  The leaves are also said to be edible and are used in much the same way as spinach leaves (steamed).

All parts of the plant are used in traditional medicine, including the fruit and seeds.

Easy from seed, indeed this is the only way it can be propagated.
 
For full instructions, see the link on my 'About Me' page, which will direct you to a set of free downloadable instruction sheets.

 
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