Mexican Sour Gherkin

Photo by Gayla Trail  All Rights Reserved

The Mexican Sour Gherkin (Melothria scabra) is producing lots of yummy little cucumber-like fruits. This is my second year growing them.

I’ve been trying to grow their cousin, the West Indian Burr Gherkin for two years straight but either the seeds (obtained from two different sources) have not been very viable or it just has a very low germination rate. I’m going to go more hardcore on that next year.

In the meantime these little “Barbie doll melons” are easy to grow and abundant. Although I rarely seem to get any home with me, preferring to pop them into my mouth while I work on my community garden plot where they are growing.


Gayla Trail
Gayla is a writer, photographer, and former graphic designer with a background in the Fine Arts, cultural criticism, and ecology. She is the author, photographer, and designer of best-selling books on gardening, cooking, and preserving.

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7 thoughts on “Mexican Sour Gherkin

  1. The gherkins also look a bit like Gayla’s fingerprint. There’s something rather cosmic about that. (Did I really say, “cosmic”? Must be something in the water.)

  2. I hid the name of these and asked my husband what he thought they were. Guess what he said, “Duh. Baby watermelons.” LOL! Duh.

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