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The Pepino has a light-yellow to light-green skin, streaked with purple vertical striping. The flesh, when ripe is golden yellow with a narrow seed cavity. The Pepino is entirely edible: skin, flesh, pulp and seeds. The yellow interior is fine-grained and sweetly aromatic, intensifying as it ripens. Its flavor can be described as a mix of banana and pear, with a slightly bitter bite. Its size is inconsistent and can be as small as a plum or as large as a papaya. For optimum sweetness Pepino should be picked at peak of ripeness. Care must be taken when handling Pepino fruits as once ripe they are delicate and easily prone to bruising.
Pepino make sporadic appearances in the marketplace beginning in spring.
The word "Pepino" is Spanish for cucumber and appears to be universal with slight variations of spelling or added epithets, such as "Pepino Dulce" or Sweet cucumber. Other names include tree melon and melon pear. This name "Pepino" is also used in parts of South America for the cassabanana. It is the fruit of a small evergreen shrub. In fact, it is commonly mis-labeled as a melon, when it actually is classified as a berry within the Solanaceae or nightshade family, ie: tomatoes, potatoes, eggplants.
The skin of the Pepino is edible but if tough and unpalatable it can easily be peeled away. Ripen at room temperature. Pair with lemons or limes, sweet basil, honey, chiles, chayote and coconut. Serve in fresh salads and sauces. Halve and serve fresh as a dessert or breakfast dish. Store ripe Pepino in a plastic bag in the refrigerator up to three days.
Native to temperate Andean areas of Chile and Peru, Pepino are also cultivated in other regions of South and Central America, Australia, New Zealand and the United States. Pepino is documented as being grown in California in San Diego prior to 1889 and in Santa Barbara in 1897. Pepino will do well in fertile, well drained soils and in sunny, frost free climates.
Recipes that include Pepinos. One is easiest, three is harder.
|Exquisite Corner||Pepino Melon Dal Curry|
|Feast Magazine||Pepinos Salsa|
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Supermercado MercanduNear Medellin, Antioquia, Colombia
Via santa Elena Calle 10A N36A Este-163 Km12 Medellin Antioquia
About 15 days ago, 3/13/20
Sharer's comments : La misma fruta no crece igual en todos los campos, está tiene una coloración más pálida debido a que en Colombia no hay estaciones.
Andronico's Community Market - Lighthouse AveNear Pacific Grove, California, United States
900 Lighthouse Ave Monterey CA 93940
About 31 days ago, 2/26/20
Sharer's comments : Nice.
Wholesome Choice Market
Wholesome Choice Market - Culver Dr.Near Irvine-Mesa, California, United States
18040 Culver Drive Irvine CA 92612
About 64 days ago, 1/24/20
AJ's Fine Foods
AJ's Fine FoodsNear Phoenix, Arizona, United States
5017 N Central Ave Phoenix AZ 85012
About 82 days ago, 1/06/20
Berkeley BowlNear Berkeley, California, United States
2020 Oregon Street Berkeley CA 94703
About 238 days ago, 8/03/19
Monterey MarketNear Berkeley, California, United States
2711 1550 Hopkins Street Berkeley CA 94707
About 238 days ago, 8/03/19
SafewayNear San Francisco, California, United States
2020 Market Street San Francisco CA 94114
About 260 days ago, 7/12/19
Pavilions - Balboa BlvdNear Newport Beach, California, United States
3100 W. Balboa Blvd. Newport Beach CA 92663
About 279 days ago, 6/23/19
Ralph’s - Beverly Blvd.Near Beverly Hills, California, United States
9040 Beverly Blvd West Hollywood CA 90048
About 279 days ago, 6/23/19
Albertson’s - Harbor BlvdNear Costa Mesa, California, United States
2300-c Harbor Blvd. Costa Mesa CA 92626
About 281 days ago, 6/21/19
1601 E Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles Near Los Angeles, California, United States
About 288 days ago, 6/14/19
Sharer's comments : â€œ Coosmans L.A. â€œ Pepino Lemon :) At L.A Produce Market Phone: (213) 689- 1551 Facebook: Coosmans
Lazy Acres Market Near Encinitas, California, United States
About 349 days ago, 4/14/19
Sharer's comments : Pepino melons!
Vons- La CostaNear San Marcos, California, United States
3439 Via Montebello Carlsbad CA 92009
About 376 days ago, 3/18/19
Jungle Jim's International Market Near Fairfield, Ohio, United States
About 380 days ago, 3/14/19
Ralphs HillcrestNear San Diego, California, United States
1020 University Ave, San Diego, Ca, 92103
About 389 days ago, 3/05/19
Sharer's comments : Pepinos spotted at Ralphs.
Food TownNear Davie, Florida, United States
6431 Stirling Rd, Davie Fl 33314
About 430 days ago, 1/23/19
Sharer's comments : Pepino melons
MetroNear Santiago de Surco, Cuzco, Peru
Calle Schell 250
About 449 days ago, 1/04/19
Sharer's comments : Large melon sized pepinos in Peru
Wong SupermarketNear Santiago de Surco, Cuzco, Peru
Ave Sta Cruz 771 , Milflores 15074
About 450 days ago, 1/03/19
Sharer's comments : The largest pepino melons I’ve ever seen!
Whole Foods Market Near Silver Spring, Maryland, United States
About 581 days ago, 8/25/18
King Soopers in the Arapahoe Crossings Shopping Ce Near Aurora, Colorado, United States
About 690 days ago, 5/08/18
Sharer's comments : I spotted Pepinos at King Soopers in the Arapahoe Crossings Shopping Center in Aurora, CO! Small quantity, but looked and felt ripe. Haven't yet tried this fruit.
Kroger Near Fairfield, Ohio, United States
About 720 days ago, 4/08/18