Cucamelon is also known as the Mexican Sour Gherkin, mouse melon or “Sandita” (little watermelon in Spanish).
These tiny, 1 x 1/2 in. light-green fruits with darker mottling look like watermelons for a doll house. The flesh is white, crisp, and crunchy with a slight lemony tartness. The flavor is closer to a cucumber than a melon. One person described them as, “Cucumber with a bit of watermelon rind and a squeeze of lemon juice." It is said that the missing crunch can make people go off diets.
This tiny treasure can match the crunch of pretzels and chips. An excellent conversation piece in the garden, or as an edible centerpiece at the table. The vine is attractive and productive enough for hanging baskets. They are terrific in stir-fries; can be pickled just like French gherkins, eaten raw in salads or put up like Polish dill pickles. They also can be chopped and added to salsas for extra texture and flavor.
Our Cilantro Freezer Pickles Recipe is a quick, easy and delicious way to highlight the flavors of fresh Cilantro and cucumber. Perfect for the Cucamelons! Another delicious recipe is Pickled Cucamelons with Dill and Mint for your harvests.
In favorable climates, cucamelons produce tubers in the roots that can be overwintered for an earlier and large crop the second year! Read Overwintering Cucamelons for the details.
Here is a short video from James Wong, an English botanist, BBC personality and "obsessive foodie grower" on the Cucamelon from Sutton's Seeds in England. On a side note, we provided the seeds to Sutton's for the initial grow-out!
Tastes mostly like cucumbers. Looks like miniature melons. Very surprising and unusual little fruit. Ideal for lunchboxes.
This eyeball size cucumber is one of the most fascinating things Ive ever grown, and believe me. I've grown it all... All the children in the neighboorhood take turns picking and eating the cucamelon strait off the vine, and there is plenty for the whole neighborhood. One of the annoying things about a regular cucumber is peeling and seeding it, no need with the cucamelon. Just cut it in half, put it in salad and wala-instant food! Super prolific, and animal resistant- believe me there are no squirrels stealing these grape sized cukes- and very tasty. A MUST grow for every gardener!
These are easy to grow and perfect for little hands to pick and enjoy. A great way to get kids to eat healthily.
Growing these jewels for the first time! Saw James Wong's youtube promotion of them on one of my Facebook feeds. I was hooked immediately! I started the cucamelons indoors and then transplanted them into my raised beds. I was a little nervous at first because the vines are so delicate to begin with. But, they took off and are climbing my trellis like gangbusters! Tons of cucamelons hanging! I seem to eat about as many as I pick right at the trellis!! Be sure to put these on your MUST PLANT list! Ordered my seeds frm Terroir Seeds and they were a pleasure to do business with.
I love these little things. They are baby cucumbers, perfect for all kinds of things. There is a market for them but very few people have seen them. I'm increasing my planting next year.
I grew these for the first time last summer and I highly recommend them. I am not one for difficult, time-consuming gardening and these grew great in a whiskey barrel with a few of pieces of wood and some wire strung across. We had more than enough with only about 4 seed pods.
I ordered a package of seeds for 2014 spring. I gave away several seeds but planted 15 in peat pot pellets on March 1st in a sunny window indoors, and had 100% germination in a week. Others have mentioned some struggles when these plants start out, but mine have done great. I moved them outside around the first of April, with temps avg upper 40s / 50s at night at 60s/low 70s during the day. They are doing well and starting to climb a trellis. I look forward to seeing how theyll do once it gets hot here.
I live in Wisconsin. I had seen mouse melons advertised in Birds and Blooms and was just intrigued by the whole idea. Cant find them here up north. So I ordered from these folks. These little melons started slow, but lasted quite a long time. I took several handfuls off my plant. And my 9 year old granddaughter just was fascinated by tiny watermelons. Obviously not a standard planting for Wisconsin, but they grew and they were really good.
We LOVED these! We grew them on a tall circular cage, and they climbed all the way to the top. Adorable melons covered the vines. Very easy to grow, very prolific, and tasty. We had some fresh and canned some--great either way.