Solanum muricatum is a species of evergreen shrub native to South America and grown for its sweet edible fruit.

It is known as pepino dulce (“sweet pepino” in English, in order to differentiate it from cucumber which is also called “pepino” in Spanish) or simply pepino; the latter is also used for similar species such as S. mucronatum (which actually seems to belong in the related genus Lycianthes). The pepino dulce fruit resembles a melon (Cucumis melo) in color, and its flavor recalls a succulent mixture of honeydew and cucumber, and thus it is also sometimes called pepino melon or melon pear, but pepinos are only very distantly related to melons and pears. Another common name, “tree melon”, is more often used for the Papaya (Carica papaya) though the pepino dulce plant generally does not look much like a tree. The present species is, however, a close relative of other nightshades cultivated for their fruit, including the tomato (S. lycopersicum) and the eggplant (S. melongena), which its own fruit closely resembles.
The fruit is common in markets in Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia, Peru and Chile, but less often overseas because it is quite sensitive to handling and does not travel well. Attempts to produce commercial cultivars and to export the fruit have been made in New Zealand, Turkey, Mauritius and Chile.[1]
(From Wikipedia on 18.8.14)

Pepino Dulce of Solanaceae.RT 1 : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1).
Indepndance day greetings.
Photographed from a Muvattupuzha; Kerala sometime back.
Introduced from L.America.
Pepino Dulce or Sweet Pepino; Solanum muricatum-Fruit & plant have some resemblance to Tomato- it’s other edible cousin of Solanaceae.

Please help to identify this solanaceae shrub with edible fruits.
Photographed on 6th June 2014 from a farm in Kanthaloor, Idukki district, Kerala.
The fruit was crunchy and it tasted exactly like cucumber!

Looks like a pepino to me.

Interesting upload
Thanks for sharing

The name surprised me and it should surprise some of you. It is fruit of Solanum muricatum, an evergreen shrub native to South America and grown for its edible fruit. Also commonly known as Pepino dulce or sweet cucumber.
Photographed from Costco store in Newark, California

Solanum muricatum AT JAN 2017/07 : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (4)
Solanum muricatum
Pepino dulce,  Pepino melon or Melon pear
Cultivated fruit
Hamirpur (H.P.)
August and January

Got one more photograph clicked a few years back at Shimla. Attachments (1)

Solanum muricatum Ait. : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (6)- around 800 kb each.
Location:  Nagarkot, Nepal  
Date: 3 April 2018
Altitude: 6000 ft.
Habit: Cultivated 

Very beautiful images … One of the file is not fully visible, some issues with transfer..?

Yes I also see the same issue with 3rd image.

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Solanum muricatum AT/APL 2018/13 : 4 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1)
Pepino Dulce, Pepino Melon or Melon Pear
Binomial name: Solanum muricatum
Use: Melon-flavoured tomato-like fruits
Origin: Temperate Andean regions of Colombia, Peru and Chile.
Hamirpur (H.P.)
December 2017

Actually, I had selected a wrong background for taking photographs and light was also not adjusted on camera. So, it is a poor click.
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Solanum kurzii Brace ex Prain [Solanaceae]:
Name: Solanum kurzii Brace ex Prain
Family: Solanaceae
Fruit size: 5 x 3 cm
Flower size: 3-4cm across
Date: 09 April 2011
Location: Garden in Kotagiri, The Nilgiris
Native of Himalayas; local people say that the fruits are of medicinal value. Is this identification right?

It should be good addition to our database, if identification is confirmed. Can you find its detailed description. One in Brandis Indian trees is too little.

Any other synonym for this plant sir? because its hard to find out in older publications even in Flora Simliansis and FBI.

The species was described in 1896 from Eastern Himalayas, so not expected from FBI or Fl. Simlensis. Any Flora from NE Himalayas should help.

Perhaps if original description can be found, it may help in confirmation.

The fruits are too big for S. violaceum

Solanum muricatum !

I think you are right


Solanum muricatum, Pepino plant from California-GS12032023-2: 5 very high res. images.
I was lucky to find and click the Pepino plant, fruits look like small striped brinjal, botanically Solanum muricatum Aiton , often known as Pepino dulce or Sweet cucumber. It is native of Peru, but widely cultivated for its fruits, which are eaten fresh.
Photographed from Fremont, California.

Not to be confused with Solanum muricatum Bertero ex Dunal, a synonym of S. furcatum Dunal, which is a species very similar to S. nigrum.

Yes, as per images at

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