This plant is related to the Tomato family and grown the same way! But the unique fruit is ideal for making Mexican Salsa sauce. Ripe fruits are found in the dry papery husks that drop to the ground. When fully ripe these have a very pleasant fruity flavour. Excellent for salads, spaghetti sauces, blended salad dressings and diced into dishes!
Start seed indoors 3 weeks before transplanting out to the garden. Cover seeds with 1/2 cm (1/4 in) of soil. Firm soil over seed. Keep moist but not waterlogged. To germinate maintain a soil temperature of 24 C (75 F). Seed should germinate in 5 days. Once seeds have sprouted, 14 – 16 hours of light per day is essential. Once plants have reached 12 cm (5 in) transplant to 6 cm (3 in) peat pots. Place the root ball at the bottom of the pot, filling pot with soil will ensure better root development along the stem. Plants will develop better with a growing temperature of 17 C (62 F) until transplanting out. Fertilize weekly with our Rose & Strawberry 10-52-17 and liquid seaweed for strong root development. Do not transplant out till night temperatures are warm. Harvest fruit once paper husks loosen and fruit turns to lemon yellow.