We were intrigued when we spotted a packet of cucamelon seeds in the garden centre. But I have to admit that it was the invitation to “explore their cocktail-enhancing prowess” that really piqued our interest.
The cucamelon seeds were in the Suttons/James Wong collection. From what we could gather, they look like tiny watermelons, are harvested when they are the size of grapes and have a flavour that is like cucumber with a citrus edge to it. They can be used in salads and can also be pickled (as well as adding flavour to cocktails!).
We had seen tiny fruits forming and I thought it would be some time before we got to taste them.
So, we were super-surprised to find two that were about the size of grapes and looked ready to harvest.
What do they taste like?
Cucumbers. Very firm and crunchy cucumbers.
They have a very subtle citrus edge to them but it is subtle. The taste may develop over the season but, for this first picking, the overwhelming impression is of cucumbers.
I can imagine that they would be a great addition to a gin and tonic, particularly with the sort of gin that you would add cucumber to (such as Hendricks). That is certainly something I plan to try once we start harvesting a few more fruits!