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, 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 cucamelons to show off these adorable Mexican gherkins in your garden this year.
Update: I have grown these several times with varying success. They tend to germinate poorly and the foliage was small. I did get some fruit, but not the bumper crop I was hoping for. I will try these again this year (2019) and update you on my success.
Until next time . . . HAPPY GARDENING!