Cucamelons – The Cutest Fruit!
Cucamelons are the cutest fruit! They are also known as a
Mexican Sour Gherkin or Mouse Melon and they are about the
size of a grape, with a cucumber taste and a hint of lime.
I simply had to plant cucamelons in my garden this year after seeing and reading about them! This little veggie looks like a miniature watermelon and tastes like a cucumber infused with lemon. With that being said, I’ve read a lot about these, and I’ve seen them called fruits and veggies as well as having hint of lemon or lime. I guess it just depends on who is doing the tasting!
Either way it’s a winner if the harvest is good and the taste is yummy.
The cucamelon has a thin rind and few seeds which is a plus. The good news is that they are suppose to be drought resistant and they are not suppose to attract pests. Parkseed.com describes the bite as definitely being more tart than a cucumber and easier to grow. They also recommend planting them in containers or hanging baskets.
You can eat cucamelons right off the vine, use in salads, salsa or pickled like a sweet gherkin or sour dill. I’m looking forward to fermenting them, and they might do great as freezer pickles! They would also be delicious on this recipe!
I’m waiting to see how my plants produce. When doing my research, I discovered the vine can take over your garden which is somewhat of a concern! It will be interesting to see just how fast and how far the vine grows!
My English cucumbers are growing up a trellis, and I hope I can contain the cucamelons from spreading too much and devouring the garden!
Time will tell 🙂
If you have grown these little gems, let me know how you like them!
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