• Mexican Sour Gherkin (Melothria scabra)
     
     From Seed Savers Exchange, this is a newly rediscovered heirloom. This cucumber produces abundant crops of 1-2" fruits which look like little tiny watermelons. They are being marketed now as "Cucamelons." You can eat them at any stage, but the longer they stay on (and even when they fall off) they have an increasingly sour taste, like a pickle on the vine. The vines grow great on a fence, even going as high as eight feet, with delicate foliage and abundant fruit. Start indoors or seed 1 inch deep in full sun.
     
    Got a favorite pickling recipe? Use it for these! I find you can make better pickles when the fruit are still firm - they will last longer in the jar.
     
     
Last Modified on September 2, 2013