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Mexican Sour Gherkin Seeds (Organic)

Mexican Sour Gherkin Seeds (Organic)

Tiny Tangy Marvels

The Mexican Sour Gherkin, also known as Melothria scabra or Cucamelon, is a charming and unique vine plant originating from Mexico and Central America. Despite its name, it's not related to a cucumber but rather belongs to the melothria family, resembling tiny watermelons or cucumbers.

Its aesthetic appeal lies in its compact vine structure, adorned with delicate, heart-shaped leaves, and an abundance of small, grape-sized fruits that closely resemble miniature watermelons. These tiny fruits, roughly the size of a grape, boast a stunning appearance with a striped, pale green skin. The taste profile surprises with a tangy, citrus-like flavor, often described as a combination of cucumber and lime, making them a delightful addition to salads or used as pickles.

Planting Mexican Sour Gherkin seeds requires warm, well-drained soil and ample sunlight. Sow seeds directly into the ground after the last frost date, spacing them about 12 inches apart in rows or allowing them to cascade over supports or trellises. This vine plant thrives in warm climates, although it can adapt to various conditions. Regular watering and providing vertical support for the vines are essential for optimal growth.

Mexican Sour Gherkins are known for their resilience and prolific growth, making them an excellent choice for gardeners with limited space or those seeking a distinctive addition to their vegetable gardens. Its whimsical appearance, refreshing taste, and adaptability make it an intriguing and rewarding addition to any garden.

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Description

The Mexican Sour Gherkin, also known as Melothria scabra or Cucamelon, is a charming and unique vine plant originating from Mexico and Central America. Despite its name, it's not related to a cucumber but rather belongs to the melothria family, resembling tiny watermelons or cucumbers.

Its aesthetic appeal lies in its compact vine structure, adorned with delicate, heart-shaped leaves, and an abundance of small, grape-sized fruits that closely resemble miniature watermelons. These tiny fruits, roughly the size of a grape, boast a stunning appearance with a striped, pale green skin. The taste profile surprises with a tangy, citrus-like flavor, often described as a combination of cucumber and lime, making them a delightful addition to salads or used as pickles.

Planting Mexican Sour Gherkin seeds requires warm, well-drained soil and ample sunlight. Sow seeds directly into the ground after the last frost date, spacing them about 12 inches apart in rows or allowing them to cascade over supports or trellises. This vine plant thrives in warm climates, although it can adapt to various conditions. Regular watering and providing vertical support for the vines are essential for optimal growth.

Mexican Sour Gherkins are known for their resilience and prolific growth, making them an excellent choice for gardeners with limited space or those seeking a distinctive addition to their vegetable gardens. Its whimsical appearance, refreshing taste, and adaptability make it an intriguing and rewarding addition to any garden.

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Shipping Weight: 0.01 lb

Dimensions: 0.1"L x 3.25"W x 4.5"H

Features

  • Grow on a Trellis
  • Hybrid
  • Open-Pollinated
  • Requires Staking

Characteristics

Organic Status: Certified Organic Product
USDA Growing Zone: 4 - 11
Approximate Harvest Time : Early Fall
Approximate Harvest Time : Early Summer
Approximate Harvest Time : Late Summer
Growth Habit : Vining
Life Cycle : Tender Annual
Plant Family : Curcubitaceae (Curcubits)
Planting Time : Spring
Planting Time : Summer
Seed Unit Sizes : Seed Pack
Soil pH : 5.1 - 5.5
Soil pH : 5.6 - 6.0
Starting Location : Start Indoors & Transplant
Sun Requirements : Full Sun/Part Sun

Planting & Care

Soil & Water: Plant cucumbers in hills or mounds with plenty of added organic matter. Sow 6-7 seeds in a hill. Once the seedlings sprout, thin to the 3 best vines.

Planting & Growing: In cool regions, start seeds indoors 10-14 days before the last frost, or sow seeds directly when the soil is at least 70°F. Plant seeds 18" apart if trellised or 36" apart if left to sprawl.

Harvesting & Storage: Harvest when the fruit is small to medium-sized for best flavor. Keep harvesting fruit, even if misshapen, to keep vines productive.

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