Mexican Sour Gherkin Seeds

Mexican Sour Gherkin Seeds

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A Native Heirloom Vegetable with Lemony Goodness!

Eat it fresh or pickle it as a sweet gherkin or sour dill!

Genus: Melothria
Species: scabra
Item Form: (P) Pkt of 30 seeds
Days to Maturity: 75
Fruit Color: Cream
Habit: Vining
Seeds Per Pack: 30
Plant Height: 3 ft 4 in - 4 ft 2 in
Plant Width: 4 in - 6 in
Additional Characteristics: Bloom First Year, Easy Care Plants, Edible, Heirloom
Foliage Color: Medium Green
Harvest Season: Early Fall, Late Summer, Mid Summer
Light Requirements: Full Sun
Moisture Requirements: Dry, Moist,  well-drained
Resistance: Disease Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Heat Tolerant, Humidity Tolerant, Pest Resistant
Soil Tolerance: Clay, Normal,  loamy, Poor, Sandy
Uses: Baskets, Beds, Containers, Cuisine, Outdoor

75 days from transplanting seedlings.

You've simply got to try this new little veggie in the garden, planter, or even hanging basket! Native to Mexico and Central America, it has been used for centuries by the Aztecs and other native peoples. Now, at last, it makes its way to our table, looking like a miniature watermelon and tasting like a cucumber infused with lemon!

Mexican Sour Gherkin, which goes under many names, from the Spanish Sandiita ("little watermelon") to Cucamelon or Cukette, is actually not a cucumber or melon at all. The botanical name is Melothria scabra, and this native treasure is easier to grow than a cucumber and super-productive! The 1-inch-diameter fruits are simply delicious, either fresh or pickled. You can't go wrong adding this to the vegetable garden or patio!

These little fruits are oval and pale green with darker green stripes. They have a thin rind and a very small seed cavity, with a few seeds that don't develop until late. Ah, the pleasure of a cucumber without the seeds! But the bite of Mexican Sour Gherkin is definitely more tart than that of a cuke. That makes it a great candidate for sour pickles, but it also can be turned into sweet gherkins. Use it as you would a cucumber, right down to salsas, sandwiches, and spreads!

And prepare to be overwhelmed by the bounty of this plant. Although it reaches only about 4 feet long and scarcely 6 inches wide, it bears heavily all season, the small fruits forming among large, handsome 3-lobed leaves. Given sunshine and a good start, Mexican Sour Gherkin is prepared to take off, tolerating drought more effectively than many other vegetables, and free of pests.

Grow this vining plant in a hanging basket or train it up a pea fence or small trellis. It does not like to spread along the ground; snails and slugs do too much damage. But given a vertical setting, there's no stopping it!

Sow these seeds indoors about 4 to 6 weeks before the last anticipated spring frost in your area. Be patient with the germination; it can take up to a month, though one to two weeks is much more common. The secret is a bit of heat: the seeds like temperatures of 75 degrees F. Get out the heat mat or elevate the Bio Dome or seed tray to a high spot in a warm room to take advantage of maximum heat! Then grow the seedlings on a bit cooler (65 to 70 degrees is fine), and transplant them anytime they have 2 sets of true leaves or more.

Once transplanted outdoors, Mexican Sour Gherkin really takes off. You will love the ornamental foliage, small gold blooms, and masses of charming fruit on this veggie! Have fun sharing it with friends! Packet is 30 seeds.

Superior Germination Through Superior Science

Park's Superior Seeds Park Seed's humidity- and temperature-controlled seed storage vault Park Seed offers some of the highest-quality vegetable and flower seeds available in the industry, and there are a number of reasons for this.

First of all, we have humidity- and temperature-controlled storage, and we never treat any of our seeds with chemicals or pesticides. Nor do we ever sell GMO's (genetically modified seeds), so you always know the products you're buying from us are natural as well as safe for you and the environment.

Superior Standards - University Inspected

Testing seeds against minimum germination standards To make sure we are providing the best seed product possible and that our customers will get the highest number of seedlings from every packet, we conduct our own germination testing and have quality-control measures in every stage of our seed-handling operation. We hold ourselves to standards that are at or above federal and state standards, including testing specific crops more frequently than recommended by federal guidelines. And in order to maintain our organic certification, we welcome Clemson University to inspect us annually to make sure our organic seeds, which are stored and processed separately, are being handled properly.

Hand Packed By Experienced Technicians

Park Seed has been handling and packing vegetable and flower seeds for 145 years, a history that has given us a great understanding of how each variety should be cared for and maintained throughout every step of theprocess, from collection to shipping.

When packing our seeds, the majority are actually done by hand (with extreme care!), and we often over-pack them, so you're receiving more than the stated quantity.

The Park Seed Gold Standard

Park Seed's exclusive Fresh-Pak gold foil seed packets And many of our seeds are packed in our exclusive Fresh-Pak gold foil packets, which are lined to keep moisture out, so the seeds stay fresher for longer. We carefully pack very tiny or fragile seeds in crush-proof vials to ensure safe delivery to your home. Some of the small seeds are also offered as "pellets" (have a clay coating) to make sowing and growing easier.

When it comes to the kinds of seeds we offer, we are constantly seeking something new and provide many unique and hard-to-find varieties from all around the world. Our on-staff horticulturists are ready and available to share their expertise to help you with the success of these seeds, so you can grow a beautiful and productive garden!

How do I place an order?

​​Now our shopping cart is working quite properly, so you are welcome to place orders online, if you find the seed(s) you are looking for. If you cannot find what you are looking for from our online store, or the quantity you want is not available, please contact us by email ([email protected]). We are ready to source plants seeds online for you from China.

Payment and Shipping

At the moment, the easiest way of payment for us is Paypal. If you dont have paypal, you can also contact us for possibility of other options like Western Union, Bank trasnfer etc.
We ship seeds via Express Mail Service of Chinese Post Office. This takes around 7-30 days to reach most countries in the world. Please notice us if you want to use different way of shipping. But kindly be aware that international currier like DHL, UPS, Fedex, TNT cannot ship seeds easily from China. So normally we dont use their service for plant seeds for sale online delivery.

Returns & Refunds

If seeds fail to leave China, we will refund your payment 100%. But if seeds fail to reach you due to customs problem on your side which we were not informed in advance, we will not be able to bear any loss, and no refund will be made.
We sell only viable plants seeds online, and test germination of our seeds from time to time. So we will not be able to refund for seeds that clients fail to germinate, unless we are convinced that it's truly problem of our seeds.
Our mission is to supply fresh and true seeds from China. If any Plant seeds for sale online from us turn out to be wrong ones, we will refund you 100%.


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