Mexican Sour Gherkin Cucumber
- 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
This Mexican and Central American species bears an abundance of 1" fruits that resemble tiny watermelons. Their initial flavor profile is that of a sweet cucumber, but is followed by a surprising “already pickled” taste, offering an interesting and spirited note. Great for growing on a trellis, this species’ fruits fall from the vines when ripe and are great for pickling with small peppers and garlic. This cucumber relative was recorded by French botanist Charles Victor Naudin in 1866. 60-70 days.
Learn to Grow Mexican Sour Gherkin Cucumber
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 3' apart in all directions. Can also be started indoors 2-4 weeks before the last frost for an earlier harvest. This species benefits from consistent moisture. Provide support for vines to save space.
Ratings & Reviews
The best reactions come from people when you call it a Mouse Melon
Sometimes referred to as 'Mouse Melon' these gems turn heads! They have a surprising crunch and a sour 'pickled' aftertaste is part citrus and tangy (in my palate's opinion). Easy to grow in Zone 6, the vines love to climb and stretch out. Planted end of May from starts, produced from early July through September.
Amazing! Must have vegetable
by Unicorn Ben
Cucamelons are prolific and easy to grow. I have been growing them for a few years now and they are a must! in my veg patch.
Much easier to grow than traditional cucumbers. I would consider them a beginning gardener plant. The biggest problem we have is we snack on them while gardening so we don't often have enough to bring inside for salads or pickling.
Hints: wait until your soil has fully warmed and all chance of frost has passed before planting out. Carefully harden your seedlings off before planting out as the seedling leaves are delicate at first. But, once these plants are established they are very low maintenance.