African Horned Cucumber

Cucumis metuliferus Open Pollinated

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  • Native to Africa
  • Very unusual fruit
  • Banana and lime like flavour

Standard seed packet, 30 seeds

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'African Horned Cucumber' seeds

Cucumis metuliferus

  • Native to Africa
  • Very unusual fruit
  • Banana and lime like flavour

Climbing vine native to Africa with very unusual green thorned fruit that mature to a bright orange/yellow colour. Fruit can be eaten at any stage but mature fruit has the best flavour. Mature fruit has jelly like flesh with a flavour is similar to a mix of banana, lime and cucumber. Is most commonly eaten as a fruit, a garnish or juiced. Fruit stores well and is often used as a decoration. Easy to grow. Also known as Jelly Melon, hedged gourd or melano

Seeds per gram: 68
Product code: F3-13

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Quick Sowing Guide
Method Sow direct or raise seedlings
Sowing Depth 10mm
Season Spring(or after frost) and summer
Germination 14-21 days @ 20-35°C
Hardiness / Life Cycle Frost tender Annual
Row Spacing 120cm
Plant Spacing 40cm
Position Full sun, moist well drained soil
Days Until Maturity 120 days

*Notes: Can be grown on ground or as a climber. Pick regularly to encourage more fruit. Avoid overhead watering. Can become weedy in some areas if left to go to seed

How To Grow



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Ratings & Reviews

African Horned Cucumber

It's late February and I live in a dry remote area in S Qld. We have no water for the garden (only grey water) and a small a small amount of occasional rain. Because we actually HAD rain this year after prolonged drought I planted 3 cucumber seeds in late spring and they all germinated. I've just pulled out the plants because insects absolutely decimated them... as with so much of the garden! I found 101 full size cucumbers hidden under the leaves... Yes that's right... 101! That's not counting the ones we picked as they grew! These cucumbers are drought tolerant, prolific and really nice to eat. They don't have much white around the seed area in fact, they are nearly all moist jelly and seed... That's why I like them so much. Very tough hardy, heat tolerant plants. I recommend them for hot summer produce.
Penelope E 23 February 2022