170. Cucamelon

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170. Cucamelon

Άλλες ονομασίες

Mouse melon, Mexican sour gherkin, cucamelon, Mexican miniature watermelon, Mexican sour cucumber

Περιγραφή

Melothria scabra is a vine grown for its edible fruit. Fruit are about the size of grapes and taste like cucumbers with a tinge of sourness.

This plant is native to Mexico and Central America, where it is called sandiita (little watermelon). It is believed to have been a domesticated crop before western contact began.

These plants are slow-growing when they are establishing themselves, but can eventually grow up to ten feet under proper conditions. They are drought resistant and pest-resistant relative to other cucumbers. Similar to the cucumber, these plants are monoecious, producing both male and female flowers on the same plant. These plants can pollinate themselves, but the individual flowers are not self-fertile. Flowers are small and yellow, about four millimeters in diameter. Fruits develop at the base of the female flower.

Πηγή: en.wikipedia.org

Καλλιέργεια

These tiny fruits originate in Central America, deliver a taste of watermelon with a hint of lime. The trailing vines are rampant and at home in any unheated glasshouse as well as a sunny sheltered spot outdoors. Despite their exotic origins they are much easier to grow than regular cucumbers and not touched by the usual range of pests.

The plant is actually a perennial and provided the radish like root is dug up and stored much as a dahlia tuber over winter, they will flourish for many years.

  • Sow under cover (protected / heated) from Mid spring, 3-4 seeds 1/2in deep in a 3in pot in good compost. (These will not germinate in cold / damp conditions, use a heated propagator or somewhere very warm (20-25C))
  • Transplant no later than 3 weeks after seeding as they have a tap root that can be easily damaged.
  • Best under glass but will grow outdoors in a sheltered sunny spot.
  • Will tolerate drought better than cucumbers. Avoid over-watering.
  • Provide support and space as these will rampantly trail over a large area.
  • Keep them picked and they’ll keep producing.
  • Harvest Jul-Sep

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