Unusual Cucumber?

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  1. rocket

    rocket Well-Known Member

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    I saw something at a farmer's market this weekend that looked like a cucumber crossed with a dragon. It wasn't just a ridged cucumber, it had all sorts of geometrically patterned scales and spikes, etc. I'm not even sure it was a cucumber at all. I thought the sign at the market said "Beatermello", but my online search didn't turn up anything for that name. Does anyone here have any idea what I'm talking about? LOL.
     
  2. Paquebot

    Paquebot Well-Known Member

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    Look up "Bitter Mellon" among Asian vegetables.

    Martin
     

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    Buy one and try it - as in eat it. They grow like weeds in southern California and other zone 9-10 climates. I grew them years ago before I had ever tasted one. Then found out with a mountain of them in the garden that no one liked them. :rolleyes:
    They do have some documented health benefits.
    BW
     
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    Thanks, guys. The ridges on Bitter Melons I had seen before weren't nearly this defined, so I hadn't thought of it. The one I saw looks kind of like this:

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    Any chance it would grow in zone 5?
     
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    Yep, last year a Hmong gardener had them in his community garden plot. This year, two Indian gardeners grew a different variety. As I recall, both varieties were being picked in mid or late August.

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    rocket Well-Known Member

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    But be careful with them. From what I've read they should not be consumed if you are pregnant or hypoglycemic.
     
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    Bitter melons contain high levels of quinine.... so even if you don't like eating them per se, they are useful for medicinal purposes.