Cucamelons are a small and relatively new vegetable in the US. They are a cross between a cucumber and an avocado and they have a mild taste that is similar to both. But, cucamelons are not usually found in grocery stores or farmers markets because they grow so slowly.
To grow cucamelons, you will need to plant them in small garden beds with lots of sun exposure. You can also plant them in containers on your patio or balcony if you want to grow them indoors. You should also make sure that the soil is well-drained, rich in nutrients, and not too acidic so it doesn’t kill the plants before they get big enough for harvest.
How to Grow Cucamelons
If you want to start growing cucamelons from seed, here’s how:
1) Fill a jar with potting soil and give it a good shake so the seeds don’t all clump together
2) Carefully pour the seeds into the jar and water them well with warm water
3) Place your jar in a sunny window or outside in direct sunlight for at least two days, remembering to keep it watered throughout this time
4) After two days, transfer your jar to a cool area for about 3 weeks to give the seedlings a chance to grow
How to Care for Cucamelons
Cucamelons are easy to care for as long as you follow a few basic rules. They need a lot of light and warmth, but they also need humidity levels of about 70%.
Cucamelons are not picky about the temperature of their environment. They can be grown in temperatures ranging from 65 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Cucamelons do best when they have access to plenty of sunlight and the water is kept at a level that is just below the leaves.
Cucamelon relies on a lot of organic matter in the soil to grow well. When you plant the seeds, be sure to include compost and fertilizer into the soil at plant time. Then throughout the growing season, keep an eye out for them using compost tea.
What are the Best Ways to Harvest and Eat Your Cucamelons?
It can be difficult to harvest cucamelons because they have thick skin that is hard to remove without damaging them. To avoid this, you should cut the cucamelon in half lengthwise before cutting off the skin with a knife. You can also use your hands like gloves to remove the skin by rubbing it between your palms until it peels off easily.
You can eat cucamelons in many ways such as slicing them into thin strips, shredding them into smaller pieces, or making slaw out of them with carrots and cabbage.
Pests and Diseases
Cucamelons are very similar to cucumbers, but not affected by the pests and diseases that would wreak havoc on other cucumber-bearing plants.
The key to a trouble-free crop is not letting your vines grow too close to the ground so that they don’t curl along the ground. A-frame and arbor trellises are two great vertical supports they can cling onto while teepee cages also work relatively well.