Cucamelon – The world’s cutest watermelon?

Excited to move into our new house with a large balcony, we starting researching on something we can easily grow organically, maybe something we could add to our salads and look cute like cherry tomatoes and that’s how we stumbled on cucamelon also known as mouse melon as they resemble miniature watermelon and are insanely adorable.

Though we did not find any stores selling the seeds in India, we thought a post will surely be an interesting short read for all gardening and food enthusiasts.

So what are Cucamelons? 


Cucamelons (Scientific name: Melothria scabra) also known as Mexican Sour Gherkin or Sandiita, which means little watermelon in Spanish is native to Mexico and Central America and have been part of the Aztec community’s diet and is not a hybrid. The fruit is the size of a grape when it is ready to be plucked from the vine and taste like cucumbers with slight citrus notes.

Cucamelon plant is a heat loving tropical vining plant but do not require a lot of room which makes them ideal in a container and can be supported with canes. The plant can be quite prolific, grows 4 feet to 5 feet tall, and are drought, pest and disease resistant. These attributes are quite perfect for the weather and most importantly space that we have in Mumbai :)

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The fruits are rich in vitamins, minerals, micro-nutrients, anti-oxidants, which help in rejuvenating cells, tissues and organs. They also contain simple sugars and fiber which are essential for optimizing our health.

Cucamelons can be eaten raw, pickled, stir fried, sliced in salads, chopped into salsa and perfect as a cocktail garnish as well. Spear a cucamelon instead of an olive and pop it in your martini.

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We are hopeful on getting the seeds locally sometime soon and if anyone has already please share the information in the comments section.

Comments

  1. So many interesting things & stuffs to know more. Glad, I am here....

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  2. HEY DEAR,,,,CAN I KNOW THE COMMON HINDI NAME OF Cucamelons ? IS IT WAT WE CALL "TENDLI" IN MUMBAI?

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    1. Hi Neeta, research mentions cucamelon being native to Mexico and Central America and though it looks similar to tendli, it is very different in taste and texture.

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  3. HEY DEAR,,,,CAN I KNOW THE COMMON HINDI NAME OF Cucamelons ? IS IT WAT WE CALL "TENDLI" IN MUMBAI?

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