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Mexican Sour Gherkin

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  • Mexican sour gherkins, also known as "mouse melons" or "sandiitas," are a small, cucumber-like fruit that is native to Mexico and Central America. They are a member of the cucumber family and are similar in appearance to miniature watermelons, with a striped green and white skin and crunchy, juicy flesh.


    Mexican sour gherkins are easy to grow and are well-suited to container gardens or raised beds. They prefer full sun and well-draining soil, and can be started from seed indoors 3-4 weeks before the last frost or sown directly in the garden after the danger of frost has passed.


    The plants are relatively compact, growing up to 6 feet long, and produce small, marble-sized fruit that ripen to a yellowish-green color. They are resistant to many pests and diseases, making them a great choice for organic gardeners.


    Mexican sour gherkins are known for their tangy, slightly sour flavor, which is often compared to that of a cucumber with a hint of lemon. They are a great addition to salads, pickles, and other savory dishes, and can also be eaten fresh as a snack.


    Days to Maturity: 70 Days

    Seeds per pack: 15

    • Choose a sunny location: Mexican sour gherkins need full sun to grow and produce fruit. Choose a location in your garden that receives at least 6-8 hours of direct sunlight per day.

    • Prepare the soil: Mexican sour gherkins grow best in fertile, well-draining soil. Work in plenty of organic matter like compost or aged manure to improve soil fertility and drainage.

    • Plant the seeds: Plant the seeds about 1 inch deep and 12-18 inches apart in rows that are spaced about 5-6 feet apart. You can plant the seeds directly in the garden after the danger of frost has passed.

    • Water regularly: Keep the soil evenly moist, but not waterlogged. Mexican sour gherkins need regular watering, especially during hot, dry weather. Use a soaker hose or drip irrigation system to avoid getting the leaves wet, which can lead to disease.

    • Support the plants: Mexican sour gherkins can grow up to 6 feet long and will need support as they grow. You can use trellises or stakes to support the plants and keep the fruit off the ground.

    • Fertilize: Mexican sour gherkins benefit from regular fertilization. Use a balanced fertilizer once a month during the growing season to provide the plants with the nutrients they need to produce fruit.

    • Harvest: Mexican sour gherkins are ready to harvest when they are about the size of a grape and the skin is a yellowish-green color. Use pruning shears or a knife to cut the fruit from the vine, being careful not to damage the plant.

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