Cucamelons in a Bowl
Cucamelon syn. Mexican Sour Gherkin Vegetable Seeds
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Cucamelon syn. Mexican Sour Gherkin Vegetable Seeds


  • Hardy, drought tolerant.
  • Good pest and disease resistance.
  • Easy to grow.
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Cucamelon Syn. Mexican Sour Gherkin Vegetable Seeds

Botanical Name: Melothria scabra

Syn. Mouse Melon, Sandita; heirloom vegetable from Mexico that crops abundantly. Fruit are about the size of grapes, look like a tiny watermelon, and taste like lemony cucumbers. The older fruit can become quite sour. Eaten raw in salads, used in stir-fries or pickled, they are popular with children. Very hardy, drought-tolerant, unlikely to be damaged by pests and diseases. May self-sow the following year.

Plant Type: Warm season vigorous trailing annual vine; grows best on a trellis; will also grow in a hanging basket

Sow When:

  • Temperate: Late September – February
  • Subtropical: July – March
  • Tropical: September – December; April – August
  • Cool: October – December
  • Arid: August – February


  • 3 – 10 days
  • Depth: 10 – 20 mm deep

Position: Full sun

Sow Where: Sow direct

Soil Type: Fertile, well-drained, add compost, pH 5.5

Spacing Details: 2 seeds spaced at 15 – 30 cm along the trellis

Details: Prefers frequent watering

Harvest: 75 days; harvest often while still firm

Additional information

Weight N/A

Packet, 5 grams

Product Specifications

  • Open pollinated, heirloom variety.
  • No GMOs and no chemical treatment.
  • Botanical name: Melothria scabra.
  • Seeds per gram: Approx. 350.
  • No shipping to WA or Tasmania due to quarantine restrictions.