This page is an open source resource guide for cabacui. It is for growing and maintaining the most bio-diverse, delicious, and broadly applicable cabacui selection possible. It contains cultural considerations, planting guidelines, descriptions, and the best places we’ve found for purchasing the species we’ve listed. As part of the One Community Highest Good food component of global transformation, this page will continue to evolve indefinitely to contain maintenance and care tips, accessioning and plant breeding and sharing information as part of the One Community open source botanical garden model, and even recipe’s, preparations, and preservation methods used on the property.
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Endemic to Brazil, cabacui is a wild or semi-domesticated monotypic vine in the Cucurbitaceae. It produces globular green fruits resembling small watermelon, with juicy tart yellow flesh, and grows in the cerrado ecosystem with a pronounced hot dry season; experimental at the One Community site. The species is threatened with habitat loss.
Plant 3-4 seeds in hills enriched with organic matter, or alternately start seeds early indoors. Mulch thoroughly and water in well. Topdress with aged animal manure occasionally until flowering. Cabacui has not been grown in North America, so it is unknown if the species is subject to the pests and diseases that affect other melon species.
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No cabacui varieties available at this time. We will post them as soon as they are available.
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Dave’s Garden is a great resource for cabacui.
Bananas Raras is another good resource.
This section will evolve to include accessioning and plant breeding and sharing information as part of the One Community open source botanical garden model.
This section will evolve to include testimonials, recipe’s, preparations, and preservation methods used on the property first, and then later with additional information from other Highest Good collaborators and teacher/demonstration hubs.
Courtesy of Dave’s Garden
The Cabacui plant bears fruit in the months from July to September. The fruits can be eaten raw, although they are tart, or they can be used in the form of jellies and juices.