I meant to post about my Cucamelon harvest a couple of weeks ago but time has just eluded me lately. I only managed to grow two plants so I wasn’t expecting great things when it came to picking the fruits, however, I filled a small punnet with my harvest which is pretty good going. But, that’s where my praise for this quirky-looking crop ends I’m afraid. I have to admit, I don’t like them.
I find the texture of the skin strange, for me, this takes away any enjoyment of the flavour – which isn’t exactly exciting either. There’s a tiny hint of citrus, but other than that, it’s like chewing on a tough cucumber. I think it’s safe to say I won’t be growing them again.
Sorry Cucamelon fans!
After a shaky start with germination problems I’m pleased to see Cucamelon fruit, growing on the vines. The fruits resemble miniature melons (about the size of a grape when ready for picking), with a refreshing flavour of pure cucumber with a dash of citrus running through. The fruit on my vines being super tiny at the moment were tricky to photograph.
Despite claims of Cucamelons being dead easy to grow, I only managed to grow two plants. I finally had success with Mr Fothergill’s seed, kindly sent to me to try. Unfortunately, my James Wong seed failed to produce anything but to be fair, I’d say the lingering cold spring caused the problem because I used that packet first. Using my own sowing experience to offer advice to anyone wishing to grow Cucamelons for the first time, sow as much seed as you can to increase your chances and in a constantly warm environment such as a greenhouse or conservatory if you don’t have a heated propagator. Cover the seed tray at night with a clear plastic lid to keep warmth in.
My vines have been trained along wires in the greenhouse, the beautiful weather we’re enjoying (or melting in) has really brought the plants on. Once I’ve gobbled up all the fruit and the fruiting period is done and dusted, I will lift the main roots before the first frosts arrive and store in compost in the garage or shed over winter, planting out again the following spring for earlier fruits. Hopefully!