Here is the Pepino Lloron, Solanum caripense. This sub tropical fruit originates from Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela as well as Costa Rica and grows wild in the mountains at 2500 to 12700 feet ASL. It is often confused with Tzimbalo, Solanum canense which looks almost exactly the same but are indeed two totally different species. This berry like fruit has a green skin with black stripes and a amber cream colored flesh inside getting to about .5 to 1 inch round and weighting 1 oz. The thing about this strange fruit is they can withstand light frost to 25F which is odd for a sub tropical plant! Plants can get to 5 feet long and sprawl along the ground so give them plenty of room to grow. The fully ripened fruits will have a green color to them with black stripes and fall to the ground. The fruits are edible and often eaten by the locals and is said to have a lightly sweet flavor but also can have a not so sweet taste and may even be bitter and should not be eaten till it falls to the ground! Surface sow seeds in warm, moist soil to germinate. Open pollinated perennial indeterminate pinnate leaves, mid to late season 78 to over 100 days and can be wintered over.
Click HERE for more info on tomatoes.
Click HERE to watch other videos.