Cucumber, Mexican Sour Gherkin
- Fruits grow to 1-2 inches, resembling tiny watermelons
- Good flavor
- Taste as if they are already pickled
- Grows well on a trellis
- 60-70 days
Cucumber, Mexican Sour Gherkin Description
(Melothria scabra) Native to Mexico and Central America. First described in 1866 by the French botanist Charles Victor Naudin. Produces abundant crops of 1" fruits reminiscent of tiny watermelons that fall off the vines when ripe. Sweet cucumber flavor contrasted by a surprising sourness, as if they are already pickled. Great for growing on a trellis. 60-70 days.
Learn to Grow it
This crop can be direct seeded into the soil after the last spring frost. You can also start plants indoors 3-6 weeks before the last frost date.
If you are direct seeding, plant in groups of 2-3 seeds and keep the healthiest plant that matures. Space your plants or seeds 12-18 inches apart and plant 1/2-1 in. deep.
Make sure that your soil is well fertilized as this crop is a heavy feeder and takes a lot of nutrients from the soil. Consider adding compost to the soil the year before you plant.
These plants prefer warm weather and soil so they should be grown when temperatures are over 68 degrees F. You should avoid watering them from above as damp leaves may be susceptible to disease.