If you are like me and like to add new and unusual veggies to your garden, I just found the ideal addition that is sure to be the talk of your friends and neighbors. These Mexican gherkins, sometimes referred to a cucamelons or mouse melons, look like miniature watermelon but taste like cucumbers!
Most of us think of gherkins as tiny cucumbers (Cucumis sativus) made into pickles, but the truth is, gherkins aren't really cucumbers - but they are closely related and have similar flavor. Most true gherkins are from East India and have a spiny skin.
These tiny gherkins (Melothria scabra) are from Mexico and look like tiny watermelons. Reports say that the flavor resembles an already pickled cucumber as they have a sour lime-like aftertaste.
Gherkins require the same care as cucumbers and can be grown anywhere that cucumbers thrive. Consider a trellis for growing the cucamelon to show off these adorable Mexican gherkins in you garden this year. (see the link below to purchase seeds)
Until next time . . . HAPPY GARDENING!
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