2017, VOLUME 4 ISSUE 3Pages: 514-517
Pepino (Solanum muricatum Ait.): A potential future crop for subtropics
Ashok Kumar*, Tarun Adak and S. Rajan
*ICAR-Central Institute for Subtropical Horticulture, Rehman Khera, P.O. Kakori, Lucknow-226101, Uttar Pradesh, India
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Pepino (Solanum muricatum) is an Andean region’s crop, originated from South America. The crop has medicinal values and underutilized for its cultivation. It has a wider adaptability across the different locations of Spain, New Zealand, Turkey, Israel, USA, Japan etc. The crop can be grown under diverse soil and climatic conditions in India also. Its fruits are juicy, mild-sweet, sub-acidic and aromatic berry which are rich in antiglycative, antioxidant, dietary fibres and low calorific energy. Fruit is visually attractive with golden yellow colour with purple stripes. The crop was evaluated for its growth and development at ICAR-Central Institute for Subtropical Horticulture, Rehmankhera, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India (planted in the month of October, 2014). The results of the study exhibited its adaptation to climatic conditions of subtropics with higher yield and acceptable fruit quality.
Fig.: Pepino (Solanum muricatum Aiton) under Lucknow conditions: A, Flowering; B, Fruiting.