Shark Fin Melon

Cucurbita ficifolia Open Pollinated

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  • Prolific perennial vine (annual in cold climates)
  • Large melon-sized fruit
  • Edible seeds

Standard seed packet, 10 seeds

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'Shark Fin Melon' seeds

Cucurbita ficifolia

  • Prolific perennial vine (annual in cold climates)
  • Large melon-sized fruit
  • Edible seeds

A prolific vine originating in South America that can be grown as a perennial in warm climates (or as an annual in cold climates). The green leaves are similar in shape to a fig. Vines each produce numerous fruit the size of a watermelon with green and white striped skin. The tender flesh is creamy white with black seeds. Resistant to powdery mildew.

The flesh has a neutral flavour and can be used in soups, stews and stir fries, as a substitute for zucchini, or in smoothies and desserts. It is commonly used as a subtitute for shark's fin in shark fin soup. Seeds can be roasted and eaten in a similar way to pepitas. Fruit stores well.

Also known as 'Fig Leaf Gourd', 'zambo', 'chilacayote', 'black-seed squash', 'alcoyta' and 'Malabar gourd'.

Seeds per gram: 6
Product code: B8-20

Best Months to Sow
  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Quick Sowing Guide
Method Sow direct or raise seedlings
Sowing Depth 15mm
Season Spring and early summer (or after frost)
Germination 7-14 days @ 22-28°C
Hardiness / Life Cycle Frost Tender Perennial (grown as an annual in cool climates)
Row Spacing 150cm
Plant Spacing 100cm
Position Full sun, moist well drained soil
Days Until Maturity 120 days

*Notes: Grow up a strong trellis. Prune vines if required to contain growth. If growing as a perennial cut vines back after fruit is harvested.

How To Grow



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