• Grown, sold, and described by Bunny Hop Seeds
  • Plant growth: determinate
  • Leaf type: regular leaf
  • Time to maturity: midseason
  • Approx. number of seeds per pack: 15+
  • Germination tested after Hot Water Seed Treatment for Fungal and Bacterial Diseases

“Mapalad” is a yummy little red paste variety from the Philippines. The Tagalog word “mapalad” translates directly to “blessed” in English, but can also mean “lucky” or “fortunate.” And fortunate is the gardener who tries this variety! It is a little workhorse and laughs at heat and humidity. In fact, there were more fruits on the plant when I had to stop picking because I could no longer tolerate the heat that late in the season. The fruits did not crack in our heavy rain, although any variety may crack if deluged after a period of dryness. The outside of the fruits were firm but the flesh was very soft at full ripeness. The flesh was quite sweet for a plum/paste variety. If there is a disadvantage at all, it is that the fruits are a little small for processing…all those skins to remove! I could not find the growth habit designation, although this appears to be a commercial variety distributed by Pilipinas Kaneko Seeds Corporation, a Philippine branch of Japan’s Kaneko Seeds Company. The growth habit appeared determinate to me, and did well in a true 5 gallons bucket of soil.

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