After looking up and confirming when to start harvesting cucamelons, I went ahead and picked the largest ones.
The fruit doesn’t grow larger than 1 or 2 inches, and we read that if they are left too long, they get really seedy. Which makes sense.
Aren’t they adorable?
There was just enough for 2 each, so the girls and I tried them last night, while I left the last two in the little bowl on the table for my husband to try in the morning.
One of them disappeared.
Either we’re going to step on a cucamelon at some point, or a cat ate it. 😀
So… how did they taste?
Like cucumber, really. 😀 The skin to flesh ratio is higher, so you do have more of that slightly bitter flavour of the skin, but just enough to make them distinct. They have a nice crunch, too.
From what we read, picking the fruit makes them more productive, and they will produce for a long time. I look forward to having more of them to gather, soon!
I think these are definitely keepers for future gardening. Apparently, in colder climates with shorter growing seasons like ours, you can even dig up the roots in the fall for spring transplanting, and have earlier production.
Might be worth a try.