Our first taste of cucamelon

Our first ripe cucamelon

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!).

An immature cucamelon only millimetres long

Most of our cucamelons still look like this and are only millimetres long

 

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!