Cucamelons are charming and nutritious, grape-sized fruit, a blend of cucumber and watermelon. They are otherwise called Mexican sharp gherkin and ‘sandiita’ and offer various medical advantages since they are wealthy in fibre, antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins.
Some of the benefits of these little fruits are:
- Improve heart health, due to the high lycopene and beta-carotene content
- Prevent Strokes
- Stimulate weight loss
- Keep the body tissues and organs healthy
- Delay the ageing process
Here is how to grow this fruit at your home
Cucamelons need about 65-75 days to grow fully. They need warm weather and soil temperature between 75F and 85F. If you are living in a colder area, grow them in pots, kept in a warm and bright spot.
— Plant the cucamelons between April and May, in a pot kept indoors. Make sure you leave 12-square-inches between each pot. Make sure the pots are exposed to direct sunlight for 6 hours daily.
— Since it is a vining plant, the cucamelon can grow up to 10 feet, and you will need a small trellis or a wire cage to keep the stem and roots of the fruit steady.
— The soil needs to be nutrient-rich and easily drained, made of compost or manure. Add a tablespoon of 6-10-10 analysis fertilizer into each planted fruit, and place a few tiny lava rocks in the pots to encourage better soil drainage. After two months of planting it, make sure you add a 3-inch side compost dressing every month
-Make sure you keep the cucamelons watered properly. An inch of water every 5-7 days will be enough. If you live in a colder place, use a 3 to 4-inch layer of lightweight mulch to surround the fruit.
- Cucamelons are resistant to both pests and diseases risks and reseed on their own
- Wrap the vines together as the cucamelons grow, to avoid damage and tangling of the tendrils
- Harvest the fruits in July, as soon as they are grown to their full capacity or the size of a grape, right off the tree. The harvesting season ends in mid-November
- Trim any dying leaves, and prune cucamelons when the season comes to a close