Mexican sour gherkin
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 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.
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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.
Start indoors at the same time as cucumbers. Can be planted out a bit earlier.
These plants have been known to grow well alongside Mexican sour gherkin so consider planting:
These plants will not grow well with Mexican sour gherkin so avoid planting these within close proximity:
These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Mexican sour gherkin plants:
Mouse melon, Cucamelon, Mexican sour cucumber, Mexican miniature watermelon,
Melothria costensis C. Jeffrey
25 Jan 2014
Care-free super productive vines, and the fruits taste great either fresh or pickled! :)