Most people have never heard of a cucamelon…and most people are missing out on a super awesome, tasty little fruit! Learn a bit about the neat fruit below…and how to grow cucamelons!
Also referred to as “Mexican sour gherkin,” or its most common name in Spanish, “sandiita” (little watermelon). It actually has a slew of other monikers in local dialects and Native American languages, most of which translate to “mouse melon.”
The Cucamelon looks like a cute little watermelon, yet it tastes like a cucumber and lime had a baby!
The sour fruit grows on a thin vine and is surrounded by ivy-like leaves. They may be strange looking, but cucamelons aren’t some strange genetically-modified hybrid, they are actually a delicacy from Central America that has been eaten for centuries!
Just because these little cucamelons are tiny, doesn’t mean they don’t pack a nutritional punch! Abundant in vitamins and minerals, antioxidants and fiber, while also being low in calories. Their rich nutrients are said to help lower the risk of heart disease, stroke, and cancer as well as to guard against premature aging by helping to protect and rejuvenate the body’s cells, tissues, and organs.
You can grow cucamelons right in your own garden and here is how! They are actually one of the easiest plants to grow in your garden as pests and insects tend to shy away from them.
The following is from NaturalLivingIdeas.com. You can also purchase cucamelon seeds there!
You can eat cucamelons raw, or cook them up in a stir-fry. Make a salsa, salad, or even pickle them!
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