If you can grow tomatoes, you can grow pepinos.
The Pepino, also called the Melon Pear,is a rare and delicious fruit
you're not likely to find in markets.
It's neither a melon nor a pear,
but is related to tomatoes and eggplant. Pepino is a leafy, small bush
or shrub with beautiful purple and white flowers, easy to grow in any
zone free of frost. Perfect for patio containers and hanging baskets.
Pepino or Poire-melon is a species of evergreen shrub native to South
America and grown for its sweet edible fruit. Put them in a salad or eat
them for dessert.
The fruit is common in markets in Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia, Peru and
Chile, but less often overseas because it is quite sensitive to handling
and does not travel well.
The fruit has been introduced into up-scale markets in Japan, Europe and
North America and it is slowly becoming less obscure outside of South
America. Moreover, in the United States the fruit is known to have been
grown in San Diego before 1889 and in Santa Barbara by 1897.
Ideal for growing in the greenhouse or a sheltered sunny spot outdoors
in a container, as the plants need warmth to flower and fruit