Vegetables and Fruit forum: The mini cukes/mouse melons?

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Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Nov 18, 2015 2:24 PM CST
Seed catalogues are arriving and these little cukes are showing up in them. Has anyone grown these?
Has anyone tried pickling them?
Name: Dillard Haley
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farmerdill
Nov 19, 2015 2:18 PM CST
They are not actually cukes. Mexican Sour Gherkins (Melothria scabra). They do have a lot of names, But I have not been tempted to grow them. Have somehat of a sour taste, but some folks use them both for pickles and salads. Look like a miniature watermelon. Actually the West Indian Gherkin looks like a wet mouse when pickled, But I have not seen them advertised as mouse melons.
http://agardenerstable.com/2012/09/02/pickling-mexican-sour-...
Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Nov 19, 2015 4:05 PM CST
Thanks for the article.
Maybe I'll just stick to regular cucumbers.
Name: Reid
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Anderwood
Nov 27, 2015 11:05 PM CST
I grew them this summer and yet are DELICIOUS! They are so yummy. I like them when they are a little bit smaller than a grape. They are just a tad sour, but taste mostly like a cucumber. I call them "cuke nuts". They were prolific. They like heat a lot. Definitely go for it. @carolinescott
Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Nov 28, 2015 8:42 AM CST
Okay---- might try them.
My original motivation was that maybe they would make easy pickles.
Like gherkins without the prickly skin?
Name: Sandy B.
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Weedwhacker
Nov 28, 2015 3:45 PM CST
[quote="farmerdill"]Actually the West Indian Gherkin looks like a wet mouse when pickled, But I have not seen them advertised as mouse melons.
]http://agardenerstable.com/2012/09/02/pickling-mexican-sour-...

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That's enough to deter me from wanting to grow these to make pickles... Sticking tongue out

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Name: Reid
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Anderwood
Nov 29, 2015 8:37 AM CST
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This is about the perfect size to eat them. This pic is from a garden I took care of last summer.
Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Dec 7, 2015 2:02 PM CST
I guess that I will grow them after all as I just received some seeds from a swap!
I'll try to remember to report on them next summer.
[Last edited by CarolineScott - Dec 8, 2015 1:51 AM (+)]
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