The craze for the GAC fruit started when someone started a thread on it in the Green Culture Singapore plant forum. This super fruit is said to have more antioxidants than any other known fruit or vegetable.
Soon nearly everyone wanted the seed, the fruit or the plant – preferably, all three.
But there were a few obstacles. The fruit is a native of Vietnam and it is not easily found due to the high demand for the fruit.
The red flesh of the huge fruit tastes like the avocado, they said. I didn’t get to sample it but Karen very generously offered to send me some seeds.
The seeds were big and reminded me of carved wooden amulets. I planted all six in Sept ’08.
A month later, the first seed germinated, and a month after that, the second one sprouted. By December, I had five plants.
I gave away four and kept one. This grew and clung onto thin wires that I had rigged up on a wall.
Meanwhile the other forumers who had grown their seeds were making fast progress. Some of the plants flowered and are said to be male.
The question is, is my plant male or female?
Finally today, the GAC flowered.
I wasn’t sure if I was looking at a male or a female flower. I was just happy to see it bloom.
and then I saw the small swollen bulge at the base of the flower.
Guess what? It’s a girl!!! 😀