The first time I laid eyes on these Watermelon Cucumbers from Melissa’s Produce, I thought they were teeny-tiny watermelons. (Go figure.) At first glance they’re super cute — and when you take a closer look, maybe even slice one in half, they’re truly exquisite. A more vibrant green inside than other cucumber varieties, and a wide range of green hues blended into soft stripes on the outside.
In season in August and September, Watermelon Cucumbers are not a genetically-modified hybrid — they’re a central American delicacy that has been eaten in Mexico for centuries. Sometimes called Cucamelons or Mexican Gherkins, they’re subtly lemony, a bit sweet, and have a fantastic crunch. You get all of this in one bite, as they are about the size of small to medium grape.
You can order Watermelon Cucumbers from Melissa’s Produce, here.
These beautiful cuties are an excellent snack, a superb crunch in a salad, divine pickled in a jar — and perfect marinated in Ponzu! (Ponzu is a Japanese citrus based sauce or marinade — it’s deliciously sweet, sour, salty, and bitter all at once.)
This is not a sponsored post. Melissa’s Produce sent me Watermelon Cucumbers for recipe testing – all opinions are my own. I only promote, create recipes with, and write about products I love.