Cucamelons are nutritious and cute, they’re grape-sized fruits, a mix of watermelon and cucumber. They are also known as Mexican Sour Gherkin and ‘Sandiita‘ and offer various medical advantages since they are wealthy in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber.
These little fruits are able to boost our health in various ways:
- Delay the aging process
- Keeps the organs healthy and the body tissues
- Stimulates weight loss
- Prevent strokes
- Improve heart health, because of its rich beta-carotene and lycopene content
Cucamelons are also a rich source of potassium and vitamin C, therefore they are able to decrease the cholesterol levels.
Also they can be grown at home, so that way you will have endless supplies of cucamelons!
Here is what you’ll have to do:
You can buy cucamelons on the internet, yet ensure they are marked natural and free of pesticides. On the off chance that you have a cucamelon at home, separate the seeds from the fruit when it’s ripe, place them in a container of water for 7 days, and a short time later, wash the seeds and get dry well with a paper towel. Store the seeds in a paper envelope and keep it in a cool spot.
Cucamelons need around 65- to 75 days to fully grow. They need warm climate and a dirt temperature somewhere in the range of 75F and 85F. In the event that you are living in a colder zone, develop them in pots, kept in a warm and brilliant spot.
Plant the cucamelons among April and May, in a pot kept inside. Ensure you leave 12-square-crawls between each pot. Ensure the pots are presented to coordinate daylight for 6 hours day by day.
Since it is a vining plant, the cucamelon can grow up to 10 feet, and you will require little trellis or a wire enclosure to keep the stem and underlying foundations of the fruit consistent.
The dirt should be supplement rich and effectively depleted, made of fertilizer or excrement. Include a tablespoon of 6-10-10 investigation manure into each planted fruit, and spot a couple of modest volcanic rock in the pots to support better soil seepage. Following two months of planting it, ensure you include a 3-inch side manure dressing each month
Make beyond any doubt you keep the cucamelons watered regularly. An inch of water each 5 to 7 days will be sufficient. On the off chance that you live in a colder spot, utilize a 3 to 4-inch layer of lightweight mulch to surround the fruit.
- The cucamelons are resistant to diseases and pests risks, and reseed on their own.
- As the cucamelons are growing, wrap the vines together, in order to prevent from any damage and tangling of the tendrils.
- You can harvest the fruit in July, that is when they are fully grown and ripe, and you can harvest them right off the tree.
- Get rid of the dying leaves.
Also we will show you a few recipes with cucamelons below.
- 2 teaspoons of fresh cilantro (minced)
- A teaspoon of fresh parsley (minced)
- A small, chopped onion
- A jalappeno pepper, seeded (minced)
- 2 tablespoons of fresh lime juice
- 2 medium tomatoes chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
Mix all the ingredients together in a larger bowl, then cover it with something and put it in your fridge, at least for an hour.
Then the salsa can be served over some grilled marinated chicken, enjoy it!
- Toasted Bread
- Fresh cracked black pepper and coarse sea salt
- 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup of good quality olive oil
- Juice of half a Lime
- A tablespoon of organic honey
- Handful of mint or basil
- A bird’s eye chili (finely sliced)
- 2 Cipollini Onions (peeled and finely diced)
- A pint of cucamelons (cut in half)
Put the mint or basil, chili, cippolini onions, and cucamelons in a larger bowl, and leave them aside. Then mix together the other ingredients in a Mason jar, and then season it and let it sit for a while.
Then put everything together and mix until the mixture becomes homogeneous. Pour it over cooked veggies, season it again and stir well. Simply spoon it over the toasted bread!