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FOOD // Cucamelon (or Mouse Melon)

14783633744_64a9b422ca copiaTo be honest, I’ve never heard about this cute little fruit until last night, when I stumbled upon a picture on Pinterest! It looks like a tiny watermelon, the size of a grape or olive, and tastes like cucumber and lime. At first, I thought it was some genetically-modified hybrid grown in a laboratory, but it’s not. So, what is it? Where can I find it? I was curious and did some research. Cucamelon (Melothria scabra) comes from central America, popular since Aztec times and has been eaten in Mexico for centuries.

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Nowadays the seeds can be easily found and growing it is apparently effortless! Sutton sell Cucamelon seeds, they’re available here.

According to Sutton “It can be used in a variety of dishes including salads and salsa.”

I suggest James Wong’s webiste, Homegrown Evolution. He says that Cucamelon “can be eaten straight off the plant, or tossed with olives, slivers of pepper and a dousing of olive oil. Perfect for a quirky snack with drinks – or even popped like an olive in a cheeky martini.”

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I also found the recipe of this brushetta on SheEats blog:

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Now, I don’t know about you but I can’t wait to taste this cute little one!

Have you ever eaten Cucamelons?

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