Cucamelon (Melothria scabra)


Also, known as the Mexican Sour Gherkin, the cucamelon is an adorable mix of a tiny watermelon on the outside and a sour cucumber on the inside.

The cucamelon is a vining plant that grows as a perennial in Brisbane areas so long as it is not exposed to frost. If you are wanting to get started with cucamelons, they are best planted from seed in Spring. These plants are a little higher maintenance than most of the other edible perennials listed on this page. They require consistent watering during the hot summer months in particular. They reach maturity after about 70 days.

Unlike regular cucumbers, cucamelons don’t actually require a lot of space but a bit of a trellis still helps you to get the best out of your vine.

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