Mexican Sour Gherkin
A recently rediscovered heirloom native to Mexico and Central America. Vining plants are loaded with 1″ miniature watermelon like fruits. Delightful flavor, sweet and almost salty, great when chopped and added to salads.
Mexican Sour Gherkin History
Melothria scabra (aka Mouse Melon or Cucamelon) A recently rediscovered heirloom native to Mexico and Central America. Vining plants are loaded with 1″ miniature watermelon like fruits. Delightful flavor, sweet and almost salty, great when chopped and added to salads, stir fries or pickled. Great for trellising.
How To Grow Mexican Sour Gherkin
Cucumbers like warm soil, no cooler than 70°F, so when springtime warms your soil all all danger of frost is past, it’s time to get planting. Although they prefer sandy soil, cucumbers can be grown in any well-drained soil. This plant grows best in slightly acidic soils with a pH range of 5.8-6.5. Cucumbers need space to spread out, or a trellis to climb. These plants send down a very deep tap root, so make sure there aren’t tree roots competing for resources 3-4 feet down.
Preserving And Storing Mexican Sour Gherkin Cucumber
Canning is not for everyone. No matter how much energy we may have on a given day, there aren’t many of us who will jump on a long canning process or do all the sterilization and hot water baths involved.
Mexican Sour Gherkin Recipes
When people think of a salad, they usually think of a Normal romaine or artisan salad with bread crust, bacon bits, ect… But, what about a cucumber salad?
Cucumbers are low in calories but high in water and several important vitamins and minerals. Eating cucumbers with the peel provides the maximum amount of nutrients. They contain antioxidants, including flavonoids and tannins, which prevent the accumulation of harmful free radicals and may reduce the risk of chronic disease. Cucumbers contain a good amount of fiber and water, both of which may help prevent constipation and increase regularity.
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