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Mexican sour gherkin

Melothria scabra

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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.

How to grow Mexican sour gherkin

  • Full Sun

  • Partial Sun

  • Medium

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.

Growing Mexican sour gherkin from seed

For optimal germination, soil temperature should be a minimum of 20°C / 68°F.

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.

How long does Mexican sour gherkin take to grow?

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.

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Days to Germination How long does it take Mexican sour gherkin to germinate?
38 days

Average 38 days | Min 4 days | Max 315 days (11)

Days to Transplant How long until I can plant out Mexican sour gherkin?
+ 18 days

Average 18 days | Min days | Max days (0)

Days to Maturity How long until Mexican sour gherkin is ready for harvest / bloom?
+ 75 days

Average 75 days | Min days | Max days (0)

Total Growing Days How long does it take to grow Mexican sour gherkin?
= 131 days

Other names for Mexican sour gherkin

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

Melothria costensis C. Jeffrey

Latest Mexican sour gherkin Reviews

  • Care-free super productive vines, and the fruits taste great either fresh or pickled! :)

    5 stars

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