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Everything you wanted to know about Miniature Mexican Watermelons

Mexican Watermelon Seed Info.

Gherkin cucumbers are available summer into fall.

The Watermelon gherkin, scientific name Melothria scabra, is a thin delicate climbing and trailing vine grown for its edible fruit. It is an heirloom variety rediscovered, thus in an effort to popularize the fruit, several seed companies have coined new names, including Cucamelon, Sandia de Raton, Mouse melon, Mexican Sour gherkin, Cuka-nut and, in France, Concombre à Confire (preserving cucumber).

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Description/Taste:  Watermelon gherkins are thumbnail-sized, oblong-shaped and appropriately, have the appearance of a miniature watermelon. Their coloring is variegation of lime green and off white. The texture is crunchy, succulent and crisp with the flavor of cucumbers and tart citrus.

The Watermelon gherkin is perfectly suited to eat fresh, out of the hand. It makes incredible pickles and can be added to salsas for unique texture and flavor. You can also save the seeds from the ripest fruits and plant them again for future crops. Watermelon gherkins pair well with tomatoes, chilies, citrus, pickling spices, garlic, fennel, watermelon, honeydew melon, pork belly, roasted and grilled white fish, yogurt, young mellow cheeses, cilantro and mint.

The melon’s most common name in Spanish is “sandíta” (little watermelon). In Mexico and Central America, the Mexican gherkin fruit is often used in nonculinary ways, including in medicine.

There is quite a bit of argument as to where the Watermelon gherkin belongs by botanical classification, especially because it’s wild ancestors are native to Africa. Research, though, has found that it is native to Central and South America. The Watermelon gherkin has been a staple of Mexican and Central American diets since pre-Columbian times; hence it has collected several names in indigenous languages. The Watermelon gherkin is both drought and pest resistant, it is a vigorous grower, creating prolific yields and it reseeds itself freely. Fruits will simply fall off the vine when ripe.

Save some seeds each year and replant.  

 When you sow this package of seeds you are taking part in the preservation of healing plants worldwide. 

 Arlene Wright-Correll 

Home Farm Herbery



 
 

Mexican Miniature Watermelon Rare Heirloom Seeds are really pickles that do not need to be pickled! Order today

Mexican Miniature Watermelon Heirloom Seeds -Melothria scabra

(100% heirloom non-hybrid non-GMO)

At Home Farm Herbery we have a newly rediscovered heirloom seed called the Mexican Miniature Watermelon which produces abundant crops of 1-2" fruits that have the appearance of miniature watermelons. However, it is a fruit that is a gherkin that tastes like a sour gherkin pickle without doing the pickling. 

Try this rare exotic heirloom seed today.

60-70 days to maturity

Great for growing on a trellis as the fruit are about the size of grapes and taste like cucumbers with a tinge of sourness.

15 Seed sampler pack $3.99

15 heirloom seed sampler pack $3.99 comes with free shipping, free planting guide and a free herb or herb blend of our choice.


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