Does anyone grow Gac fruit?

RodneyJSOctober 28, 2011

It,s supposed to be the greatest source of carotene and lycopene. I know it's dioecious but I'm unaware of it's optimum temp range. Gratitude in advance for any pertinent info

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bsbullie

Don;t know its optimum temp range but I know it is grown and will fruit in Lake Worth, Palm Beach County, Florida.

Rob

    Bookmark   October 28, 2011 at 11:10PM
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nullzero(9)

Rodney,

David from cloudforest is growing it in the central valley. You can ask him questions about it, I have looked into maybe trying to grow it myself (however I have no room for a large perennial vine atm).

    Bookmark   October 28, 2011 at 11:14PM
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esco_socal

aside from using it as a fresh & natural food coloring sub, what or how do you use your gac? My uncle has a very healthy growing vine, yet to fruit, in zip 92127. I don't know how it compares to your zone.

Tim

    Bookmark   October 29, 2011 at 3:01AM
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mango_kush

it looks somewhat like bitter melon or what the Trinis here call careilly.

Im pretty sure every tropical fruit grower in South Florida has at least one of those in there yard

    Bookmark   October 29, 2011 at 8:53AM
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RodneyJS

I've read that the pulp around the seeds are edible. The rind is toxic, though.

    Bookmark   October 29, 2011 at 11:33AM
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esco_socal

Bryan, I believe what you're showing is in fact a smaller bitter melon variety. Gac is a much bigger sized fruit. I remember seeing that bitter melon before, just can't recall it's exact name.

Tim

    Bookmark   October 29, 2011 at 1:31PM
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hmhausman(FL 10B)

I don't grow Gac melon...but lord knows I have a heck of a lot of what was posted by Bryan (mango kush) above. I always called what Bryan posted as Balsam Melon. I have seen it called Bitter Melon also. Its a pain in the butt. It'll over grow an entire tree if you let it.

Harry

    Bookmark   October 29, 2011 at 3:23PM
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