The Achocha Cyclanthera brachystegia. One of the Andean vegetables is a unique edible 1-2 inch green crunchy young fruits. Eaten raw or cooked, growing on prolific vines, thriving in cool wet weather.
Achocha Cyclanthera brachystegia
Organic gardening often produces healthier, more easily grown vegetables and fruits than the same crops grown with “conventional” methods. There are, however, a few crops that have a pouty reputation for organic growers.
The cucurbit family claims most of these weak-kneed plants. I count on summer squash and cucumbers to be riddled with squash vine borer, cucumber worms, and fungal mildews by late summer. Though they offer prolific yields early on, I know I’ll be replacing them with sturdier crops around August.
That’s why I get so excited about possible substitutes for ornery plants! If I want to make tahini salad or pickle some cukes in September, I look to my disease-free row of achocha vines (Cyclanthera pedata).