Melothria scabra (Mouse Melon) [12 Seeds]


Germination Information: Start these small seeds, about 1/4 inch deep, indoors in a warm place in early to mid spring. The last time I started this species from seed, I sowed in pots on a heat mat on April 23, and germination began on April 30. Your experience may vary.

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Call it mouse melon, or cucamelon, or Mexican sour gherkin: by any name, Melothria scabra is a must-try for any gardener who enjoys unusual edibles. The tendril-climbing vines of this annual can extend to 10 feet or more if the support is that big (it’s great on a chain-link fence!); on a smaller wire support or netting trellis, you can wrap the flexible vines around or trim them as needed to keep them in scale. Tiny yellow flowers appear from midsummer to frost; the female flowers develop into small, oblong, green-mottled fruits that look just like miniature watermelons. Enjoy them straight from the vine—they’re crunchy and a bit tangy—or bring them into the kitchen for fresh use in salads, for refrigerator pickles, or simply for a cute garnish. Full sun. Annual. Note that mouse melon is likely to self-sow from dropped fruit.

Collected starting in late August 2022. At least 12 seeds.

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