Deciduous shrub to 4m. Suitable for most soil types, but requires some moisture and a relatively sheltered spot. Full sun or part shade, possibly part shade may be better in Hawke’s Bay conditions. Self-fertile. Low maintenance. Frost hardy but new growth may be damaged by late frosts. Bears fruit like a bright blue sausage or broad bean. Peel skin and eat the gelatinous flesh/pulp around the seeds. According to Martin Crawford’s book ‘Creating a Forest Garden’, the small black seeds can be removed or eaten; other sources state that the seeds are not edible. Said to have a slightly sweet delicate melony flavour. Very ornamental during the growing season with bold foliage and decorative fruit. Unusual plant – a great talking point and a must-have for every kindergarten! The pod skins also contain latex and can be used as a rubber source.
Size PB5, approx 1.5m tall. Certified organic plant.
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