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Fortunes in Pepino melon change with value addition

Pepino melons are juicy, delicious fruit. Over the years, the demand for the fruit has increased rapidly, mainly due to its many health benefits and extensive use in value addition. With competitive prices in both the local and export markets, Pepino melon is the type of crop that you should grow. They are easy to plant, maintain, harvest, and market. Currently, Europe offers the best opportunities for Pepino melon and other exotic fruits. To enjoy the profitability of Pepino farming, you need to embrace sustainable farming practices, proper harvesting and post-harvest handling, and unique marketing strategies.

  • What are the health benefits of Pepino Melon?

Pepino melon has many health benefits, such as:

  • They are rich in vitamins, dietary fiber, and phytonutrients
  • They contain antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds that help prevent cancers and the skin.
  • They have low-calorie content.
  • Pepino melon contains fiber which enhances digestion and lowers cholesterol.
  • Yellow-fleshed fruits contain phenolic compounds which help in protecting the retina.
  • Planting and management

Pepino grows well in deep, well-drained soils with a pH of 6.5 to 7.5. They require moderate rainfall and a temperature range of between 12°C-24°C. Relatively high temperatures affect production.

Plant the cuttings at a spacing of 2-3ft. The plants grow vigorously and should be supported to stabilize the bush, which grows to a height of about 1.5m. Devise a timely irrigation and feeding program to provide your plants with adequate moisture and nutrients. You should apply well-decomposed manure regularly. Synthetic fertilizers should be used sparingly when necessary. Also, to keep the plants healthy, you need to embrace an effective pest and disease control program. Pepino melons are attacked by pests such as flea beetles, spider mites, leaf miners, hornworms, cutworms, and Colorado potato beetle. They are susceptible to diseases such as anthracnose, blights, and bacterial spot.

  • Harvesting and Post harvesting

The plants grow vigorously and bear fruits within 5 to 6 months. However, all the fruits do not mature at the same time. You should only harvest completely mature fruits with high sugar content and flavor. Don’t be tempted to harvest immature fruits since they have not yet acquired the optimum sugar content. Pepino melon fruits have a short shelf life of 4 to 6 days, although they can stay for several weeks when refrigerated.

  • Marketing

Pepino melon is a sweet and juicy fruit with a high demand locally, especially in urban centers, supermarkets, hotels, and processing companies. Besides, the demand is high in open-air markets, groceries, juice making hubs, and high-end restaurants. In the export market, the demand is highest in Japan and Europe. The United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Spain, France, Italy, Germany, and Belgium import the largest volumes.

To obtain a competitive advantage in the local and export markets, you should maintain unique features such as appearance, high quality, and taste of the fruits. Ensure that you produce fruits at specific periods when competition is lower, especially when targeting export markets.

Value addition

To earn more revenue from Pepino melon, farmers should consider investing in value addition. Unripened Pepino fruits baked like a squash. They can also be used as an ingredient in sorbets, juices, beverages, salads, jams, and jellies.

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In the recent days the demand of pepino melons has increased due to their many health benefits. Its demand is in increase each day. It is a herbaceous fruit mainly grown for its juicy and cramatic fruits. The fruits is typically a bright green or yellow green and often has some red or purple stations. The flesh is golden yellow when ripe with a narrow seed cavity. The melon is entirely edible skin, flesh and seeds. The fruits are very sweet and juicy. It should be eaten only when ripe.


The plant requires well drained loan soils with a pit of 6.5- 7.5. The plant should be well watered and weeded. Spacing of 2 to 3 ft is recommended .mature should be applied in plenty at least 2kg per hole. Mature plants reach a height of about 1.2 meters. Once they mature the fruits are harvested every week. One plant can produce more than 250 fruits per year and a minimum of 150 fruits per year. The current market price at the farm gate is between sh 30-sh 50 depending on the size. The fruits has a ready market due to their many health benefits. Some of the many health benefits include;

  • Breaking down into glucose for great energy to get you through your day and increases stamina.
  • It helps with liver disease, lower blood pressure, helps those that suffer from strokes to heal faster and promotes cardiovascular health.
  • The fruit helps to prevent cancer and diabetes (tends to regulate blood sugar levels because of the high fiber content) plus it lowers cholesterol.
  • Pepino melon is anti-inflammatory in action helping to sooth away your aches and pains.
  • Pepino melons has lots of vitamin A,C,K and also B vitamin, proteins, plus iron and copper which are essential for a healthy immune systems and calcium for bones, potassium which is needed for relaxing and lowering blood pressure and pepino is a good diuretic.
  • Pepino melon has soluble fiber similar to act meal which also helps to lower cholesterol and it’s easy to digest. The fiber also helps with constipation and it tends to sooth away gastric ulcers too.
  • The pepino melon is also sodium free decreasing your daily intake of sodium lowers your blood pressure and reduces your risk of developing illness related to high blood pressure, such as heart disease and kidney disease.


Cost analysis of ¼ an acre

At a spacing of 3ft by 3ft accommodates 1000 seedlings;


Cost of seedlings                                –           100,000

Cost of preparing the land                  –           5,000

Cost of planting                                  –           5,000

Cost of manure                                   –           20,000

Misleneous for 3 months                     –           30,000

TOTAL COST                                  –           160,000


Expected output

After 3 months for the next one year

After 3 months of maturity each pepino melon can produce a minimum of 150 fruits per year. If we work with the minimum you can get 150,000 fruits per year. If you sell the fruits with the least price of Sh 30 per fruit you will get Sh 15,000,000 every year. The life span of the pepino melon is more than 2.5 years.



Pepino melon is one of the profitable fruit we have in the country. Its future is promising as most countries like China and Chile have discovered how to extract the medicine value in the fruits and package.  If you can’t plant them for commercial purposes make sure you get some for family consumption. We have certified seedlings from our seedbeds.

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Pepino melons (solanum muricatum) facts

Pepino melons (solanum muricatum) facts

Pepino melons have been grown since 1889 in South America bt came to the Kenyan market in 2013.It is important in the body for the following reasons,
_Has lots of vitamin A,C,K and B,proteins,iron and copper which helps in healthy immune system,potassium which lowers blood pressure and calcium for strong bones.
_Had soluble fiber that helps in lowering cholesterol and easing digestion.They are an excellent source of fiber.Fiber is a type of
carbohydrate your body does not digest.The fiber in the melons slows digestion helping you feel longer.
_Helps in weight loss due to their low amount of calories.All the calories in the pepino melons come from its carbohydrate content.
_Helps with liver disease,lower blood
pressure,helps those that suffer from strokes to heal faster and promotes cardiovascular health.
_The pepino melon is sodium free.Decreasing your daily intake of sodium lowers your blood pressure and reduce your risk of developing
illness related to high blood pressure such as heart disease and kidney disease.
_Pepino fruit is also beneficial to increase stamina.Herbal products from China are made from raw pepino now widely sold in Indonesia.
_The content of vitamin C in pepino 25 Mg per 100 grams of fruit fresh,vitamin c aids in preventing oral thrush and to maintain healthy gums.
_In addition to vitamin E vitamin C is a natural antioxidant useful against free radical attack,causes premature aging and various types of cancer.

Also Read: make money through passion fruit farming

The above benefits on the super fruit shows the need to venture in pepino melon fruit business or have a few for family use.Ensure you take one daily.

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Did you know that pepino melons can be grown in a greenhouse? An 8m by 30m greenhouse can be planted between 300-500 seedlings.The expected output is 100% more than those grown in the open field. Pepino melons are also 100% more profitable than the normal crops grown in a greenhouse. They have a lifespan of more than 3 years in a greenhouse. They are also good for rotation in a greenhouse to reduce pest and diseases.

They require less capital to manage as they are grown organically. Put your greenhouse with a new investment this time not the normal and tiring crops like tomatoes and capsicum. Contact us on guidelines and seedlings as we take you through this investment. We offer free consultancy for those who buy seedlings from us. Contact us

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video pepino melon farming

Dickson kahuro from Oxfarm Ag LTD was hosted by kameme TV as agronomist to educate Pepino melon farmers and consumers on why you should farm Pepino melon. Watch the youtube link that entails all what was discussed and for more information on market, it’s benefits the seedlings, fruits and farm visits, visit our offices in Nairobi, Nyeri, and Eldoret or contact us  Oxfarm /money grows on trees.

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Pepino Melon: The wonder fruit taking Kenya fruit market by storm

There has been growing interest in the pepino melon especially from the exotic markets which creates an opportunity where one can make good money from. The local market is also growing and demand is increasing day by day hence is a crop that needs a lot of attention. The crop has a very good market in Europe and Japan. The questions people are asking are what is this fruit and why all the hype surrounding it introduction and integration to the Kenyan market?

The Pepino melon (solanum muritacum) is an herbaceous Andean fruit grown mainly for its juicy and aromatic fruits.  It has leaves resembling those plants and if left un-pruned grows into a low dense bush and has more a scrambling nature like a determinate tomato. It originated from the South America but can thrive well in tropical climate of Kenya and its soils.

The fruit is typically a bright green or yellow green and often has some red or purple striations. The flesh is golden yellow when ripe with a narrow seed cavity. The melon is entirely edible; skin, flesh and seeds. The fruit is very sweet and juicy.pelpino plant

Growing the pepino

The pepino has similar requirements to those of tomatoes. There are two methods of propagation used; cuttings and seeds but is usually propagated from cuttings. Germinating seeds require a minimum soil temperature of 120c and unlike some species of tomatoes can survive mild cold snaps. The foliage is likely to be affected by excessive heat and moderate frost. The plant requires well drained loam soils with a pH of 6.5-7.5. The plants should be well watered and weeded. It can be grown in greenhouses.

For potential farmers in Kenya can these melons can be grown from cuttings; this plant is technically a perennial. A spacing of 2-3 ft. between the plants is recommended. Harsh weather can damage the plant. The fruits have a distinctive teardrop shape and a yellow rind. Mature plants reach a height of about 1.2 metres and produces a cluster of purple and white flowers similar to those of the potato.

The fruit tends to grow better over trellis.  The fruits are susceptible to pests and diseases which attack tomatoes. Such diseases include bacterial spot, anthracnose and blights. Spider mites, cut worm leaf miner and fruit flies are some of the pests that attack the plant. Pesticides and other methods used to control pests should be used.

Fruits are harvested once they have fully ripened and can be stored for several days. They can be eaten wholly and are also useful in making desserts and as addition to fruit salads.


Nutritional facts of pepino melon

The pepino melon is referred to as the “magic fruit in many parts of the world. These nutritional facts will give you a clear picture why it the fruit has such acclaim:

  • It is very rich in vitamin c; a content of 25mgper 100 grams of fresh fruit. Vitamin c is essential in the prevention of oral thrush and maintaining of healthy gums.
  • Has low content of calories hence helps in reducing weight
  • Contains many starch fibers-fiber is a carbohydrate that is essential for digestion by slowing the process and also lower cholesterol and is easy to digest.
  • A good source of Beta-carotene antioxidants essential in preventing disease.
  • Contains potassium
  • Contains iron

Potential health benefits of pepino melon

  • Reduces the risk of stress
  • Reduces the risk of hypertension and promotes good cardiovascular health
  • Helps in preventing diabetes
  • It lowers the blood cholesterol levels
  • It is essential in the increasing of stamina. The fruit has a high glucose content derived from carbohydrate digestion.
  • Some herbal products are made from raw pepino.
  • The pepino fruit is sodium free. Decreasing the dairy intake of sodium reduces the risk of suffering from blood pressure.

This plant has great potential in the Kenyan market and with proper investment and use of other resources can generate good income. In many countries where the crop has been introduced, it has had a lot of commercial success.  People are day by day becoming diet conscious and hence the pepino melon provides an alternative to other fruits. Value addition can also be done to the raw fruits which increases the income obtained from the fruit. If you are looking to invest in the horticulture market why not give this plant a try?

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Discounted Pepino Melon

Serious individuals who are really good farmers and entrepreneurs are reaping big with pepino melon while many of us are waiting for it to turn like quail, but I want to take this chance to be a little bit on your face that it’s not happening any time soon. Pepino came to Kenya 3 years ago some have become millionaires and many have earned what they say their life time dream income. The price of an average pepino fruit at farm gate is 30-50 while that in our retail markets at 70-150 per fruit and the plant start its harvest after 3-4 months of planting depending on area. A plant can produce more than 50 fruits in four months’ time after the start of the harvest the pepino plant has also a lefespan of 3 years.

Also Read: Farmers already earning more from Macadamia nuts and hass Avocados

That means a quarter of land having 1000 at a spacing of 3*3ft can have a minimum return of 1.5-2.5 million in a period of 8 months . But to get this return you need to learn from experts and the experienced one about the care from planting to harvest, the varieties and the marketing, we as oxfarm once you become our customer we will make you achieve all this. Also make your idle greenhouse earn you even greater returns. The best time to invest is now we sell our seedlings at Ksh 100, call us now and order the seedlings  0723662773 or visit or offices at Nairobi hermes house Tom Mboya Street opp K.T.D.A.

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This is a question that everyone in need to invest on anything have to ask, From the time I started healing of this warder fruit pepino melon in Eldoret two years back the prices has always been retailing between 70 – 100 per fruit. Many farmers are still waiting for it to be like quail and they will wait longer maybe for lifetime, Many people in urban are realizing the benefits accruing to this pepino fruits and other fruits and they are buying in big numbers also because of doctors’ advice, currently we cannot meet the demand of the orders we are getting daily because first we don’t have serious famers into this business second farmers are buying seedling for testing whether it will work but not for business. To be serious in anything you have to consider about quantity of what the market needs. China is extracting the medicinal value from pepino fruits so never think that we will ever satisfy the market. The lowest price according to our analysis as oxfarm organic ltd if all farmers were to plant this plant, is ksh20-40.

The following are condition necessally for growing the plant organically.
Require a soil ph. of 6.5 – 7.5 in a well-drained soil the other ecological weather condition are the same as those of potatoes. Require a spacing of 3ft by 3ft hence an acre with a space of 43560 square feet can accommodate 4000 plants comfortably . Other requirements include water source, manure, pesticides and fungicides.

 Prepare your land to attain fine tilth assuming you have tested your soil from recognized body like KARI.
 Dig holes at a spacing of 3ft by 3ft to attain a plant population of 4000 seedlings.
 Add per hole a hip of well rotten manure in this case of organic farming don’t add any fertilizer in your soil but instead add ash and mix well with the top soil.
 Apply enough water when planting in case of dry weather like the one in this season of January – March.

With all the information on farming pepino, farmers are still not getting the potential harvest from these plants. A single plant has the potential to give a minimum of 200 fruits and above per year, mostly what happens is that they flower well but after sometime the bearing fruits drop. We have experienced this on our farms but we found that the cause of this problem mostly it’s because of two reasons. Inadequate nutrients or lack of enough water, a big percentage of water melon fruit is composed of water hence require enough watering. In case of inadequate nutrients add manure and ash, mostly when practicing organic farming ash act as a big role in the soil for many reasons I will share with you another time.

Most common pest that attack pepino plants include red spider mites and cut worms and can bring severe losses if not controlled in time We use pesticides to control them and fungicides to control against frost. In case you have ever grown or visited our farm with pepino melon there are two varieties. There are those that seem resistant to frost and pest while there are those that are easily affected hence poor quality fruits and low productivity. We have sorted our seedlings well in our farms which we sell to our farmers. visit our offices in Nairobi Hermes House first floor opp K.T.D.A Tom Mboya Street or Nyeri Kimathi way Behind Khimji Devshi bookshop next to HFC Bank.

Cost of preparing one acre land (varies) = 5000
Digging of holes, application of manure, and planting = 3000
Cost of seedlings @20 * 4000 = 80000
Pesticides and fungicides (for 3 months) = 4000
Cost of irrigation for 3 months = 15000
A farm manager @7000 / month = 21000
Miscellaneous = 5000
Total cost = 133000

Assume we achieve production of 200 fruits per plant per year and 85% plant population for an acre (3500 plants instead of 4000)
200 fruits @100 each * 3500 = 70million
200 fruits @50 each *3500 = 35 million
200 fruits @20 each *3500 = 14 million
200 fruits @10 each *35oo = 7 million

Assume we achieve a production of 100 fruits from 3500 plants in one year
100 fruits @100 each *3500 = 35million
100 fruits @50 each *3500 = 17.5 million
100 fruits @20 each *3500  = 7 million
100 fruits @10 each *3500 = 3.5 million

A well-managed pepino plant can produce on average more than 200 fruits for a whole year. Currently a fully ripe yellowish stripped middle sized fruit is retailing at 100 in our area market, when selling directly to the consumer. But in our case let’s assume we sell to a middle man at Ksh 20-50 and achieve plant population for an acre 3600 plants that give a production of more than 100 fruits for one year i.e. 30*3600*100 = 10.8 million. This means you can get 900k per month or fetch 225k per week real money. You just have to wait for 3 months for the pepino melon to start fruiting.

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