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  • 1 April 2013, 13:40

Cucamelon set to take UK by storm


An exotic plant that produces a miniature watermelon-like fruit has been launched in Britain for the first time and is set to transform the traditional salad.


The cucamelon looks like a tiny version of the juicy football-sized fruit but when eaten it has the distinctive taste of a cucumber with a hint of lime.


They are used in salsa, can be pickled, or eaten on their own and have been used in Mexico for centuries.


Despite being stocked by some supermarkets the unusual crop is rarely seen in British gardens.


However, Devon-based Suttons Seeds has now begun selling seeds to the cucamelon plant for people to grow at home.


Despite their exotic origins, they are actually easier to grow than regular cucumbers.


This is because they are ignored by pests, rare esistant to drought and perfectly happy to grow outdoors.


A Suttons spokesman said: "It can be used in a variety of dishes including salads and salsa, or can be speared and placed in a martini glass which works quite well".


The fruit, also known as a 'mouse melon' or 'Mexican sour gherkin', can be eaten on its own, pickled or used in salsa.


They can be cultivated in tubs, pots, or growbags and take around two to three months to mature.


The sour fruits grow on a thin vine and are surrounded by leaves that look similar to ivy and drop to the floor when ripe.