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Achocha, Cyclanthera pedata, also known as Lady's Slipper, Caigua, and numerous other names is climbing vegetable, in the same family as cucumbers and squashes - one of the Lost Crops of the Incas. It is a bit like a cucumber, only smaller, and hollow, except for the black strangely shaped seeds. It csn be eaten raw when small, and cooked in the same way as peppers when larger. The fruits can also be stuffed.  They are believed to reduce cholesterol. The leaves can be used as greens. They can be grown in the same way as cucumbers but are inclined to take over a green house or tunnel, and need to be kept firmly under control. They are fine outside in a reasonable summer but will not produce as much fruit. Average15 seeds/packet

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