Have you ever heard of cucamelon? While these delicious fruits aren’t very widely known, they’re gaining popularity as a part of home gardens. Why? Among other things, they’re resilient and easy to grow. Looking for something fun and new to add to your garden? Here are a few things you should know about cucamelons.
What is a Cucamelon?
Cucamelons are native to Mexico and Central America, where they’re known as sandita or “little watermelon.” They’re also called mouse melons or Mexican sour gherkins. Though they seem like a cross between a watermelon and a cucumber, they’re not actually a version of either plant but their own species entirely.
What Do They Taste Like?
Cucamelons taste very similar to a regular cucumber: mild, crisp and refreshing. They also have a slight sour taste similar to a lemon or lime. The fruits grow to a size similar to a grape or cherry tomato, which makes them a perfect addition to a fresh salad.
How Do You Grow Them?
Cucamelons are fairly fast growers, with plants reaching full maturity in about 80 days. This means they’re well-suited for cooler climates where the growing season isn’t as long. It is a vining plant, so it needs a trellis to “climb” up as it grows.
Cucamelon plants are fairly low maintenance and don’t require much special care as they grow. They do require a lot of water, so make sure you don’t miss out on regular watering sessions. You’ll know that the fruit are ready to harvest when it reaches the size of a grape.
Where Can You Get Them?
Cucamelons aren’t very widely known, so you may not be able to find them at the local supermarket. However, it’s quite easy to find seeds online, in order to grow them yourself. Query your favorite search engine and you’ll likely find that you can purchase cucamelon from a number of stores, at reasonable prices. Let the planting begin!