Egusi Papershell

Crop: Watermelon (Citrullus lanatus var. mucosospermus)

Use/Type: Seeds

Breeder: Ken Asmus Oikos Tree Crops

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Bred for Organic Systems: No

Commercial Availability: Yes

Variety Type: Finished Variety


Egusi watermelon from western Africa where it is raised for its seeds. Only the seeds are edible as the fruit is too bitter. The protein and oil rich seeds are used in sauces and impart a peppery flavor.The seeds can be roasted, collect in late fall, make a small incision of each side, let sit for7-14 days. The pulp turns into a clear liquid, strain the seeds with water. Let dry for a week and roast. They can be brined or salted too. Plants grow 20-70 ft. and each node roots (up to 2 ft. deep) as the plants travel along. Makes a nice annual vine impervious to deer and insects. 75-100 days to ripen. Do not grow other watermelon nearby to avoid hybridization. Plant 1/2 to 1 in. deep after danger of frost When we grew this 2 distinct types came out of the progeny. Papershell: Small fruits- very thin paper shelled husk (seed coat), easy to consume and have a nutty and peppery flavor.

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