Early ripening sedless variety, the tree is only moderately growing in compare to other strongly growing cultivars.
Breeder: Dr. George M. Darrow
Growth: moderately growing, young wood is thorny but loses its thorns as it matures
Site requirements: full sun location. Che will grow in a range of soil types. Deep, well drained loam is the best.
Flowers: the Che is dioecious, with male and female flowers on different plants. Female flowers of variety Darrow need pollinator with male flowers to create bigger fruits and higher yield.
Picking season: the fruits ripen in August. The stem does not bleed white sap when the fruit is picked fully ripe. Fruit ripens on the tree individually, not all at once, and does not ripen further once picked.
Color: red or maroon-red
Fruit: the che fruit is not a berry but a collective fruit, in appearance somewhat like a round mulberry crossed with a lychee. The ripe fruits are an attractive color with a juicy, rich red flesh inside.
Taste: when fully soft ripe fruits develop a cantaloupe to papaya flavor. It is important that the fruits be thoroughly ripe to be at their best.
Crop yield: medium, regular yields. If pollenizer is nearby yield is higher. The Che begin to bear at an early age. The tree tends to drop ripening fruit when very young, but gets better at retention with age.
Hardiness: zones 5-10
Pests and Diseases: no pests or diseases have been noted