Please identify this tiny 'melon'

melchat(Zone 9 TX)May 17, 2006

I have what was called a Pakistan Cucumber plant which I

cannot find at all on the internet. It makes tiny fruit

changing from near white to green -- exactly like a long

green watermelon with long stripes, except that it is only

2" long or less when mature. If left on the vine, it will turn red from inside - out. It becomes a beautiful cerise red, and is very soft with plenty of juicy seeds. -- I pick them half grown when they are just turning light green, and taste very much like an ordinary cucumber. When left to

grow larger, they become hard and the flavor deteriorates.

The flowers are white - about 2" - and the leaves are very

similar to grape leaves, but more succulent. Supposedly

they are edible, but I don't know about that. The plant is

very vigorous, climbing over anything, and with many tendrils. -- It freezes back, then reappears in spring.

It loves S. Texas.

Please tell me anything you might know about this plant. Thanks, mucho. -- Mel

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gourd_friends(z5/6 IL)

I hope you've gotten some info by now. You might get your best information from your plant source.

    Bookmark   June 4, 2006 at 4:50PM
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dragonplant(7a)

It sounds like something we are growing called a Mexican Sour Gherkin. If you use this link, there is a photo next to it so you can check (this Gherkin is number FT07, its the 17th item on the page). Pretty tasty! Really does taste like a mix between a cucumber and a watermelon.

Here is a link that might be useful: http://www.seedman.com/gard2000.htm

    Bookmark   June 8, 2006 at 10:47AM
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melchat(Zone 9 TX)

Thanks, everybody. I received information and photos which
identified my plant as Ivy Leaf Gourd, known as tindora in
cookery from India. -- Thanks, again. -- Mel

    Bookmark   June 9, 2006 at 2:00AM
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