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World Kitchen - The Americas - Cucamelon Mexican Gerkhin
Melothria scabra - Cucamelon Mexican Gerkhin
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Native to Mexico and Central America, Cucamelon Mexican Gerkhin is a vining plant with serrated leaves and small fruit that look very much like tiny watermelons. This climbing vegetable plant produces masses of grape sized fruit that have a fresh watery flavour like cucumbers but with a hint of citrus. A perennial plant that's very drought tolerant and easy to grow. They can be pickled, sautéed, or used fresh in salads with no need to peel the skin. Staking is recommended to hold the fruit.

Contains average 20 seeds.

Light Requirements — Full sun, Part Shade
Soil Requirements — Well drained soil
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Planting Advice

Sow directly in growing position or in a pot. Prefers a sunny spot. Sow three to four seeds in a group, 5mm (1/4in) deep, later thinning to the strongest two seedlings. Keep moist. Seedlings emerge in 14 to 21 days. Sow in rows 60cm (2ft) apart. To encourage growth of side shoots, pinch out growing tips at five to six leaf stage. Harvest 12 to 14 weeks after sowing.

Watering needs

Keep soil moist.

Pruning Advice

To encourage growth of side shoots pinch out growing tips at five to six leaf stage.