The Mexican Sour Gherkin
It was definitely news to me today that not only do Cucamelons (Zeheneria scabra) have huge tubers and water retentive “trunks,” they are also perennial. As with peppers, you can get a head start on next year’s crop by over-wintering them indoors.
Maybe I’ll try something like this:
Photo: Royal Museum for Central Africa - Medicinal Plants Database
These are great for Danish summers, because they tolerate cold better than regular cucumbers, and don’t mind when I forget to water them.
If there are any botanists on hand, maybe you can clarify: my planting label said “Jungleagurk” (“Jungle Cucumbers”) and listed the binomial name as Zehneria scabra the first time I bought this plant: this year, I grew my plants from saved seed. Searching for similar plants on the internet, I am seeing the binomial name Melothria scabra. Are these synonymous? This database seems to think so, but there is no mention of it on the two separate wikipedia pages.
I have either seeds or tubers for swap on myfolia! [smiviefarms]
Related: Beyond Cucumbers