MOUSE MELON CUCAMELON MELOTHRIA SCABRA MEXICAN GHERKIN FRESH FERTILE SEEDS $2.50

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A diminutive melon originating from Mexico has been causing a stir in farmer’s markets, captivating home gardeners seeking novel additions to their menus. With its distinct flavor, reminiscent of cucumber and green fava bean, coupled with its pest-resistant and vigorously growing nature, this unique vine offers abundant productivity, making it a compelling choice for cultivation.

Commonly known in Spanish as “sandíita” (little watermelon), this melon boasts an array of colloquial names in local dialects and Native American languages, many of which translate to “mouse melon.” This nomenclature is apt, given the fruits’ striking resemblance to miniaturized watermelons, perfect for a mouse-sized picnic.

Scientifically termed Melothria scabra, this plant hails from Mexico and Central America, with its description credited to French botanist Charles Victor Naudin in 1866. However, the plant’s botanical classification remains a subject of contention, particularly due to its close relatives in Africa.

While botanists grapple with classification, Native American peoples have long embraced the mouse melon, incorporating it into their diets and traditional practices since pre-Columbian times, as evidenced by its rich array of indigenous names. Beyond culinary use, these communities also utilize the melon in medicinal applications, though such knowledge often remains undocumented in mainstream literature.

Mouse melons lend themselves admirably to various culinary endeavors—they excel in stir-fries, can be pickled akin to French gherkins, enjoyed raw in salads, or preserved akin to Polish dill pickles. Additionally, they impart texture and flavor when incorporated into salsas.

In a bid to popularize the fruit, several seed companies have coined alternative names, such as “cucamelon,” “Mexican sour gherkin,” “cuka-nut,” and the French designation “concombre à confire” (preserving cucumber). Yet, the charm of the original moniker, “sandia de raton” (mouse melon in Spanish), remains unmatched, evoking whimsical imagery akin to a Mexican rendition of a Beatrix Potter tale—perhaps a reason for their appeal among children.

Easy to germinate and propagate, mouse melons offer a hassle-free cultivation experience, ensuring a steady supply of seeds for future planting endeavors. With their versatility and enchanting allure, these tiny melons promise to captivate both gardeners and gastronomes alike.

 

EACH PLANT GROWS LITERALLY HUNDREDS OF THE LITTLE MELONS!

Grow Notes
Prefers full sun in moist, well-draining soil.

It is necessary to supply a trellis or alternate structure as support for the plant.

Sow
Sow direct or raise seedlings in Spring or Summer, by planting seeds at a depth of 5mm, with 60 plants spacing.

Keep soil moist, not wet.

Germination
10-14 days at 22-28°C

Maturity
100-150 day.

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