Mexican Gherkins

I grew these tiny, Mexican Gherkins, you can see they look like little watermelons. There are a lot of them and now I need to decide how to use them. I've only seen recipes for pickling. They are really sour and taste like a cucumber. any ideas?

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PHIL
PHIL July 30, 2016

you are growing some crazy stuff. I have never seen them before.

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BerryBaby
BerryBaby July 30, 2016

I know, I like to experiment with new or different things. You never know what you are going to get and then trying to figure out how to use them is half the fun!

BerryBaby
BerryBaby August 2, 2016

Wait until you see the 'round' carrots. The greens are really flourishing so another month and the carrots should be ready. I'll take a photo. Growing those in a planter box.

Susan W
Susan W July 30, 2016

My mom and brother both grow them in San Diego. Mostly for the novelty. I'm not a huge fan, but they're so darn cute. I've had them cut into teeny wedges in salads. Sometimes my mom puts them in a bowl with olives and drizzles with really special olive oil. I think she made a balsamic glaze with brown sugar and drizzled them. One time we sautéed them in olive oil with other veggies. That was interesting.

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Nan
Nan July 30, 2016

I grew them last year and this year I got a surprise pop up plant from last year. You can chop them and use in salsa's

Corj
Corj July 30, 2016

Cucamelons! My 1st year growing them, one in the garden and 1 on the patio. The patio one is doing much better. Great idea to serve them as part of a nibble plate. Mine are coming in sporadically so far.

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Valhalla
Valhalla August 1, 2016

I love them--so cute, and they don't fall prey to the diseases that cucumbers do in my garden (where cucumber beetles are prevalent). I just eat them in salads, but they also make a great cocktail garnish. I wonder how they were traditionally used?

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Nancy
Nancy August 1, 2016

From the looks of them, maybe you could hollow them out and use as serving cups for dips...tzatziki, hummus, etc.

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BerryBaby
BerryBaby August 2, 2016

Good idea, but they are fairly small. This is a photo of the largest one which is an inch in length.

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Nancy
Nancy August 2, 2016

Well, your ruler-in-the-photo (like archaeology field photos) certainly helped on scale.
WAY too small for serving dips.
Maybe good for doll-house tea parties ;)

Nancy
Nancy August 2, 2016

Well, your ruler-in-the-photo (like archaeology field photos) certainly helped on scale.
WAY too small for serving dips.
Maybe good for doll-house tea parties ;)

BerryBaby
BerryBaby August 2, 2016

They are so tiny and cute little things. They would be great as a Barbie doll watermelon!

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Panfusine
Panfusine August 12, 2016

I stir fried them with spices in a cast iron wok.
http://dish-a-day-panfusine.blogspot.com/2014/06/day-173-stir-fried-mouse-melon.html

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