Cyclanthera pedata – Achocha – Vegetable

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Cyclanthera pedata, locally known by its Quechua names kaywa or achuqcha(also spelled achocha, achogcha, achojcha, achokcha, archucha), is a herbaceous vine grown for its edible mature fruit, which is predominantly used as a vegetable. Kaywa is known from cultivation only, and its large fruit size as compared to closely related wild species suggests that it is a fully domesticated crop. Its use goes back many centuries as evidenced by ancient phytomorphic ceramics from Peru depicting the fruits. It is also known as slipper gourd, lady’s slipper, sparrow gourd , pepino in Colombia, stuffing cucumber in English.

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