This close relative of the tomato is native to the Andes Mountain region in South America. Purple and white flowers will grow into 2-5” oval fruits with cream colored skin and purple streaks. Inside is a pale yellow-green, juicy flesh with a pear-like, melony taste. Growth habits and soil conditions are similar to a tomato, so they need water regularly and will do best on trellises once the fruits set. Also do well in containers and can be moved into a greenhouse in areas below zone 9. Harvest just before being fully ripe and will store in refrigerator for a few weeks. Start indoors like you would a pepper in northern climates.
Germ 4-10 Days
Indoors- 1/4” deep, 8-10 weeks before last frost with soil temperature 70 degrees. Transplant 36” apart after last frost.
Outdoors- only in areas with a long growing season
Harvest- Tips- Plant in fertile soil amended with compost or well rotted manure and keep well watered. They benefit from growing on black plastic and by using row covers for weed, insect control, and more rapid growth.