Cucamelon, Mexican sour gherkin, mouse melons, sandiita ... this dinky mini watermelon lookalike that goes by many names originally hails from Mexico and Central America, but these days it's just as at home on social media.
With its own hashtag, #cucuamelon, has found the limelight on Instagram for its appealing photogenic qualities. Grape–sized and with a mottled watermelon-coloured skin, they may be small fruit, but they come with big appeal and interesting eating potential.
Cucamelons in the Kitchen
The name cucamelon seems to have stuck as an apt description of the look and feel of the mild fruit with a cucumber flavour and added citrus sourness. Cucuamelons are, however, a native fruit to Latin America of the 'Melothria scabra' genus and are confusingly not a hybrid at all.
Their versatility in the kitchen includes stir–fries, pickling, eating raw, chopped into salsas or even speared and popped inside cocktails.
Cucuamelons can be easily grown at home, cultivated in tubs, pots, or growbags and take around two to three months to mature on an attractive vine.
Here's a look at a few enticing uses of this bijoux fruit.
Aren’t these the cutest fruits? Native to Central America and Mexico #cucamelon a.k.a gherkns a.k.a mouse melon is not a hybrid fruit but occurs like this in nature. . Though they look like mini watermelons, they taste nothing like it but rather are said to taste more like cucumber dipped in lime. . You can toss it sliced in your salad or as a garnish for your margarita or martini. . We’re curious, have you tried this cutie? #naturesbounty | ? : @thefeedfeed
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Have you grown Cucamelons (aka Mexican Sour Gherkins)? Looks like a baby watermelon, size of grape, tastes like a cucumber with a citrus kick! We have the plants available in our veggie section. #cucamelon #growyourown #veggies #gardening #LDNOnt
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Lunch! Edamame, Butterbean & Sugarsnap salad. From Sainsburys, I wanted somethibg quick to go with my Pumpkin Soup, and this is it! A nice chilli dressing, and I added some of my pickled Cucamelons which are epic! #plantbasedeating #eatyourveggies #vegan #vegetarian #vegetableprotein #edamame #butterbean #chilli #cucamelon #salad
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