Cucamelon Seeds (Melothria scabra), growing well from seed, they grow tuberous roots which need full protection over winter. In UK, we suggest digging the tubers up and storing in sand or compost in a shed.
Also called mouse melon or Mexican sour gherkin. They taste a bit like a cucumber with an aftertaste resembling lime or lemon. Cucamelon are quite a versatile vegetable, as they can be pickled, used in salads and added to cocktails and drinks like gin & tonic.
In Mexico, which is their natural habitat they are called sandiita, meaning tiny watermelon.
April to May
Sow cucamelon seeds 1.5cm deep in individual 9cm pots under glass at a constant day and night temperature of 21°C.
When the cucamelon plants are about 10cm (4″) tall, plant out outdoors in a sheltered spot once hardened off and all risk of frost has passed.
Grow cucamelons up against netting or allow to trail along the ground. Can also be cropped underglass , planted into large pots or growbags . Provide some form of support and tie in stems as required.
July to September
Mexican sour gherkin’s are low in calories and a source of simple sugars, fiber and vitamins which are essential for optimising our health.