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Mexican sour gherkin

Melothria scabra

Mexican sour gherkin is a member of the Melothria family. Its botanical name is Melothria scabra.

This vine produces a small, grape-sized cucumber-like fruit. The flavor is a bit like a sour cucumber. It can be stir fried or eaten raw.

To save seeds, allow well-developed fruits to fall to the ground (this indicates they are ripe). Set the fruit aside indoors for a week or two, then cut them open and put the seed pulp in a jar. Add water and shake. Allow the mixture to ferment for 4-5 days, then strain off the film and wash the seeds that have fallen to the bottom of the jar. Put them on a plate to dry thoroughly.

A type of edible fruit / vegetable, it mainly grows as a perennial plant - which means it typically grows best over a long period (from 3 years+). Normally grows with a viny habit.

Mexico is believed to be where Mexican sour gherkin originates from.

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How to grow Mexican sour gherkin

Grows rampantly, expect 6-12 foot (2-3 meter) vines. It is best grown on a trellis, as fruits that touch the ground may rot.

Mexican sour gherkin is generally regarded as a tender plant, so remember to wait until your soil is warm and the night time temperature is well above freezing before moving outside.

See our list of companion Plants for Mexican sour gherkin to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Mexican sour gherkin from seed

Transplanting Mexican sour gherkin

Start indoors at the same time as cucumbers. Can be planted out a bit earlier.

Mexican sour gherkin is tender, so ensure you wait until all danger of frost has passed in your area before considering planting outside.

Common Mexican sour gherkin problems

These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Mexican sour gherkin plants:

Other names for Mexican sour gherkin

Mouse melon, Cucamelon, Mexican sour cucumber, Mexican miniature watermelon,

Melothria costensis C. Jeffrey

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