Mexican Sour Gherkins

These adorable little things look like miniature watermelons and have a taste and crunch like cucumbers. They are, according to Wikipedia, called Melothria scabra, also known as the cucamelon, which is a vine grown for its edible fruit. The fruits are about the size of grapes and taste like cucumbers with a tinge of sourness. Vernacular names include mouse melon, Mexican sour gherkin, cucamelon, Mexican miniature watermelon, Mexican sour cucumber and pepquinos.

We've found a variety of suggestions online for what to do with them, from refrigerator pickles, to cooked pickles (and think of as a replacement for cocktail onions to step up your martini game), to just snacking on raw. Here are a few links to get you started:

If you do nothing with them in a recipe, at least show them off on the crudite platter, because they are just as cute as can be, and so photogenic.


Tip: Mushroom Handling Tips

Mushrooms need to be kept cold in a breathable bag, so store them in the fridge in the paper bag they come in. Shiitake mushrooms have a tough stem, so remove that and save it in the freezer for stocks. Oyster mushrooms are all edible, except for the dirty little bit at the "root." Oyster mushrooms are more...Read more


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