Melothria scabra is a vine grown for its edible fruit. Fruit are about the size of grapes. This plant is native to Mexico and Central America, where it is called sandita (little watermelon). It is believed to have been a domesticated crop before western contact began. This plant loves heat and is a heavy producer with prolific fruiting. Does well in hanging baskets. 60-70 days to maturity. Mouse melons have a very mild cucumber flavor with a slightly sour, citrus taste and are terrific in stir-fries; they can be pickled just like French gherkins, eaten raw in salads or put up like Polish dill pickles and is a favorite with children. They also can be chopped and added to salsas or salads for extra texture and flavor.
Other: Cucamelon, sour gherkin, Mexican heirloom vegetable, mini cucumber, mini melon