Mature achocha fruits

Today I have taken all of the ripe fruits off the achocha vines, in a prelude to removing them to the compost heap. I had a small trug full of fruits, to save seeds from. I also found a little friend among the vines:

Grasshopper
Ripe achocha seeds

If the fruits are ripe, the seeds inside are hard and black or dark brown. They’re large, and easily removed. The skin has a tendency to flip backwards; achocha is closely related to the exploding cucumber.

Achocha seeds

Some of the seeds are quite wet, so I have spread them all out on a platter to dry out. I’ve got plenty of seeds to take with me to the Food Grower’s Get Together later in the month, for swaps.