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Friday, July 10, 2009


The Achocha seeds I got from The Irish Seed Savers Association all came up and got planted in gaps around the tunnel, which they seem intent on taking over in a trifid-like way. The tiny cream flowers develop small fruit which grow to a couple of inches and fill with strangely shaped black seeds. The plants have hit the roof. I have no idea what to do with the fruit - other than extract the seeds and sell them. We tried barbecuing them with mackrel which was fairly successful. Anyone else got any ideas?


  1. Hi Madeleine
    Im also growing Achocha (apparently it originates in Jamaica?)ours have also taken over half the tunnel- I'm hacking it back now, it's covered in flowers, but no sign of any fruit yet- looks like your is producing already. Am I doing something wrong or should I just wait a while longer? Thanks Graham

  2. I doubt you are doing anything wrong, I'm sure the fruit will appear soon. I thought it was from Peru.

  3. Hi Madeline - have only just seen this post. I too have an achocha growing madly! I'm splitting mine and scooping out the seeds & frying them with the courgettes & garlic in butter.

    They don't taste of all that much, if we're honest - I know a lady who uses them in curry too - presumably on the basis that you aren't going to taste much in the curry anyway!

    I'm dithering whether to enter them in the Show at the weekend in the veg collection class - but worry that it might be an unusual veg too far for the judges to cope with!

  4. Oh do put them in the show, I'd love to hear how they get on. I have got more enthusiastic about Achocha, as I have read that it reduces bad cholesterol, which my doctor says I should worry about.

  5. "I have read that it reduces bad cholesterol"

    possibly not when fried in butter, as I've had them...!

  6. You can make salads, being treated, lard meat. In jars, barbecue, cucumbers ect
    Universal for all plant foods.
    I am from Poland and looking for seed aczoczy (achocha) in Polish popryko cucumber.
    Ask the cost of postage or pay for the seeds. Unfortunately, in Poland in the winter does not have these seeds for sale
    Plant grown in Europe, amateur small gardens around the house salads
    Very Honey. Bees

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  7. I'm in Arizona, U.S.... searching for ACHOCHA seeds. No great luck so far. Not sure I can buy them and have them shipped from overseas. The one U.S. source I found was already out of them!!!

  8. We will send them if you like but I think it is a bit illegal, you can order them here:http://www.brownenvelopeseeds.com/product-p/achocha.htm