Telfairia occidentalis, Fluted Pumpkin, Oysternut, Ugu

Telfairia occidentalis

Fluted Pumpkin, Oysternut, Ugu
Family: Cucurbitaceae
Origin: Africa
Vine or creeper plantSemi-shadeFull sunModerate waterPink flowersEdible plant

Extremely rare and exotic! Telfairia occidentalis will climb up to 40 ft. The flowers are white with a dark purple centre. The large, dark-red seed is rich in fat and protein, and can be eaten whole, ground into powder for another kind of soup, or made into a fermented porridge. The fruit of the plant is large, weighing up to 20 lbs.

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