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
(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.
Direct Seed: 1" Deep
Seeds to Hill: 6-8 Seeds
Thin: To 3-4 Plants
Light: Full Sun
Instructions - Sow seeds outdoors in 12" diameter hills after the last frost when soil is warm. Space hills 6' apart in all directions. Can also be started indoors 2-4 weeks before the last frost for an earlier harvest. Cucumbers benefit from consistent moisture. Provide support for vines to save space.