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The fruit are brilliant, flaming red and are about 2 feet long, one of the most beautiful things I had ever seen! They have bright orange flesh that is sweet and is used in drinks, jellies and other desserts; it has a unique tropical fruit taste. The fruit are so fragrant and keep for a long period, like squash, making this a hot item for fall sales for pumpkin growers. Huge vines can grow to 50 feet and are quite ornamental, but they do require a long season. Here in southern Missouri the fruit almost ripened last year, so we think if the plants are started indoors, we could easily get ripe fruit here in zone 6. It should be easy to ripen fruit in zone 7 and warmer. This plant was first mentioned in Europe in 1658 as a popular plant in Peru.