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Produce at the market
by Cynthia Maende
on May 15, 2021 at 11:42 PM
Is the oysternut/ telfairia pedata a nut?
by Sue Mosbacher
on May 17, 2021 at 5:15 PM
According to the USDA, the oyster nut (Telfairia pedata) is technically a fruit with the "nut" being a seed. It belongs to the Cucurbitaceae family. The oyster nut is a perennial commonly grown in Central and East Africa. It is drought tolerant, can grow at elevations up to 2,000 m, requires 18 months to flowering, and is usually trellised. It produces very large, long, flat seeds which taste similar to almonds when roasted.
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