Watermelon cucamelon salad

Sweet and juicy watermelon, salty feta cheese, olives, and something that looks somewhat like a watermelon gumball? Those little green Mexican sour gherkins aka cucamelons are impossibly cute, so I grew some for the first time this year. They produce quite well and don’t seem to have problems with excessive humidity (no issues with powdery mildew), so this one is a keeper for the garden even if eating them fresh in a salad is probably the best way to enjoy them.

Despite being called sour gherkins, I don’t find them to be mouth-puckering at all. They have a slightly citrusy and faintly bitter flavor that is quickly forgotten once you start biting into their firm skins. They actually make a nice textural contrast in a watermelon salad.

I’ve read that these should be harvested at grape size and not much beyond. Bees especially love visiting the blooms. The flowers aren’t big enough (they are extremely tiny!) for bees to crawl in and get pollen drunk, but it’s great to have something for them that they really enjoy.

7 thoughts on “Watermelon cucamelon salad

  1. dcdinoto

    I have seen them in seed catalogs here in the states called mouse melons. They are adorable and grow quite well here. Baker seeds has them (I have no affiliation with them) listed as Mexican Sour Gherkin Cucumber.

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    1. Rowena Post author

      I love Baker seeds and was able to have them ship an order a long time ago…before phytosanitary certificates were enforced. Kitazawa gets a thumbs up too. A real shame we can’t get a lot of variety here. 😦

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      1. dcdinoto

        Love Baker seeds as well. Great seeds and lots of varieties. They will also do special sell weekends where the proceeds go to fire victims and other worthy causes. Can spend a glorious afternoon relaxing and looking at their catalog.

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  2. Anonymous

    Salad looks yummy. Never heard of a cucamelon. Definitely will add that to my garden next year
    Hope you are doing well
    Cuz, Tina

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    1. Rowena Post author

      I am surprised you’ve neverheard of them being that they come from your side of the pond. I crowded 4 plants in a 5 gallon bucket and they’re still doing well.

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    1. Rowena Post author

      Unreal yeah? I saw them all over Insta gardens and thought why not even if I don’t eat a lot of cukes. Good thing I bought the seeds last year before Brexit went into effect. Now I can’t get anything from the UK as they won’t ship to the EU.

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