September 14, 2015

Cucamelon (Melothria scabra) also known as mouse melon, Mexican sour gherkin, cucamelon, Mexican miniature watermelon and Mexican sour cucumber is a vine grown for its edible fruit. Fruit are about the size of grapes and taste like cucumbers with a tinge of sourness. It is native to Mexico and Central America and is believed to have been a domesticated crop before western contract started. These doll’s house-sized watermelons taste of pure cucumber with a tinge of lime. Popular since pre-Columbian times, these rampant trailing vines produce a constant stream of fruit throughout the summer, known in Mexico as ‘Sandíitas de Raton’, literally “Little Mouse Watermelons”. Despite their exotic origins and adorable appearance, they are much easier to grow than regular cucumbers.

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Cucamelons can also be treated like a perennial providing you with fruit year-after-year. In late autumn once the fruiting period is over, lift the cucamelon’s main radish like root and store in barely moist compost in a garage or shed over winter. Sow the seed from April to May indoors and plant out when all risk of frost is over. Plant out again in early April to achieve early fruiting. Harvest: July-September.

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