*A CucaWHAT? It is a Cucamelon!*
This is a fun and tasty garden treat and we have the starts available for $3.99 each! You will want a trellis for these little guys – they are fun to eat off the vine, excellent in salads and eating fresh. And, get this… you can pickle them too!
So, what are these exactly?
The fruit is a cucumber that looks like a miniature watermelon. You are probably familiar with a watermelon plant. In the earliest stages of the melon development, the fruit resembles tiny little watermelons. The cucamelon plant produces similar fruit, but the only difference is the fact that it is ripe and ready to eat at this stage. The fruit is about the size of a grape when it is ready to be plucked from the vine. The cucamelon is also called the Mexican Sour Gherkin or Sandiita, which means little watermelon in Spanish.
What Does it Taste Like?
Surprisingly, it tastes nothing like a watermelon. It tastes like a cucumber soaked in lime juice. It has a tangy flavor that is refreshing. The cucamelons can be pickled, similar to a cucumber. When flavored with dill and mint in the pickling process it is really good. The fruit can be eaten right off the vine as well. You don’t have to peel the cucamelon like you would a cucumber. You can toss the cucamelons in a salad whole or sliced, similar to what you would do with a grape tomato. Tossing the cucamelons in a little olive oil and serving with sliced peppers is also a tasty treat. If you like a martini at night, use a cucamelon instead of an olive for your drink. You are sure to find more ways to use the cucamelons once you get that first taste!
Here is a canning recipe: