Mexican Sour Gherkin Seeds - Super Easy to Grow

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Barbie Doll Watermelons, that’s what I call them, because, well… that’s what they look like. Their real name is Mexican Sour Gherkin (Melothria scabra), but they also popularly go by mouse melon, cucamelon, and sandíita (meaning little melon in Spanish).

This is a rampant, vining plant with small, decorative leaves that remind me of a watermelon, but much, much smaller. It hails from Mexico and Central America, producing diminutive, cucumber-like fruit that are slightly tangy on the outside and fresh and watery inside. They are good in salads, stir-fried, or pickled, but most of my crop never make it as far as the kitchen as its tiny size and freshness makes it a great snack while working in the garden.

Unlike either cucumber or melons the plant is incredibly easy to grow. I first started growing it in my community garden well over a decade ago, and despite changes in location and growing conditions, I have never had any trouble producing a healthy crop. The plant is drought tolerant and doesn’t seem to have any pests that I have encountered. Seedlings often start out small and frail-looking and just when you think it will never grow... it finally does. And once it starts, it will keep producing more and more fruit until the frost takes the whole plant down. It’s only real issue is that it seems to need sun to really get going. Soil nutrition is also a contributing factor — treat it as you would any other cucumber. My experience also suggests that like cucumber it prefers a protected spot out of the path of strong wind.

*Please note that I have a very small quantity of seed this year.

Special Notes: 65-75 days. OP. Super productive, easy to grow crop. Drought, pest, and disease resistant. No less than 20 seed per packet. Grown and harvested in the 2018 gardening season.

Seed Starting and Growing: Start seed indoors 2-4 weeks before the last frost and transplant outside after all danger of frost is past. You can also direct sow outdoors after danger of frost and once the soil is warm. 

 

About You Grow Girl Seeds:
All of the seeds that I sell were lovingly homegrown, harvested, and processed by me, small scale, in my urban garden using organic methods only -- no chemicals or pesticides whatsoever. Tomato varieties are isolated to stay true using the flower bagging method and I test for germination quality. I take special care in choosing varieties that I find unusual, interesting and fabulous, and/or especially suitable for growing in small space gardens.