Caigua Bolivian Cucumber
Caigua Vegetable Seeds
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Caigua Vegetable Seeds


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  • Ancient crop from the Andes.
  • Taste is similar to cucumber.
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CAIGUA Vegetable Seeds

Botanical Name: Cyclanthera pedata

Syn. Bolivian cucumber, achocha, korila.

Caigua (pronounced kai-wa) is an ancient crop from the Andes. The young fruits are eaten raw in salads or pickled, the flavour is similar to cucumber. The older hollow fruits can be cooked in stir-fries or stuffed after removing the hard, black seeds. The young shoots and leaves may also be eaten as greens. The vines fruit prolifically and need a good-sized trellis. It is easy-to-grow, hardy and disease resistant. It is the same species but a much smaller form than Cucumber ‘Giant Bolivian’.

Plant Type: Vigorous, annual climbing vegetable; suitable for various climates.

Plant Height: Typically grows up to 3 meters in height with proper support.

Sow When:

  • Temperate: September – December
  • Subtropical: August – December
  • Tropical: March – August
  • Arid: August – November
  • Cool: September – December

Germination: Caigua seeds germinate best when soil temperatures range between 20°C and 25°C.

Depth: Plant seeds approximately 1-2 cm deep in the soil.

Position: Caigua thrives in full sun, in a location with well-drained soil and plenty of vertical support such as a trellis or fence.

Sow Where: Direct sow seeds outdoors in well-prepared soil, or start indoors and transplant seedlings when they are robust enough to handle.

Soil Type: Caigua prefers fertile, well-drained soil with a slightly acidic to neutral pH.

Spacing: Space plants approximately 30-50 cm apart to allow for adequate growth and airflow.

Harvest: Harvest caigua fruits when they are young and tender, typically 10-12 weeks after sowing. The fruits can be eaten raw, cooked, or pickled. Enjoy caigua in salads, stir-fries, and stuffed with your favorite fillings for a nutritious meal.


Additional information

Weight N/A

Packet, 5 grams, 25 grams, 100 grams

Product Specifications

  • Open pollinated.
  • No Chemical Treatment.
  • Non-GMO.
  • Botanical name: Cyclanthera pedata.