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.
Easier to grow than a cucumber, this tiny edible fruit can be eaten right from the plant or prepared in salads or pickled. The vines takes little space in the garden and you can also grow them in hanging baskets. Use it as you would a cucumber or add it to salsa, sandwiches or spreads.1
A type of flowering 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. This plant tends to mature and be ready for harvest in late summer.
Mexico is believed to be where Mexican sour gherkin originates from.
Mexican sour gherkin is normally quite a low maintenance plant and is normally very easy to grow - great for beginner gardeners!
This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Mexican sour gherkin have been kindly provided by our members.
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 likes a position of full sun / partial sun and remember to water moderately. 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.
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.
These estimates for how long Mexican sour gherkin takes to sprout, grow and harvest are from real observations from real gardeners, right around the world.
Average 38 days | Min 4 days | Max 315 days (11)
Average 18 days | Min days | Max days (0)
Average 75 days | Min days | Max days (0)
Mouse melon, Cucamelon, Mexican sour cucumber, Mexican miniature watermelon, cukette,
Melothria costensis C. Jeffrey
Care-free super productive vines, and the fruits taste great either fresh or pickled! :)
Frank_dv about growing Mexican sour gherkin
1 “Parkseed entry on Mexican-sour-gherkin”: parkseed.com/mexican-sour-gherkin-seeds/p/52634-PK-P1/