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We grew a hybrid of a cucumber and a honeydew melon. What is this thing!

Asked by crisedwards (329points) August 22nd, 2008

My girlfriend and I have an organic garden and we think our honeydews crossbred with the lemon cucumbers. Now we have these melons that are basically melon-sized cukes with a faint hint of honeydew flavor and crunch. Anyone ever heard of such a thing?

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gailcalled's avatar

Patent it immediately.

sndfreQ's avatar

…radioactive and morally reprehensible!!

seriously, send us a pic link; that thing sounds crazy!

crisedwards's avatar

Pic is here:

See. It is the size of a honeydew, but the inside and the seeds are like a giant cucumber.

Snoopy's avatar

Sounds cool! We did something accidentally like that….although not as neat. Our green peppers and jalepenos crossed.

We have jalepenos that taste like green peppers. Weird!

gailcalled's avatar

And what is a lemon cucumber? (And where do you live and what did you enrich your soil with)?

sndfreQ's avatar

I wonder what that tastes like?!

crisedwards's avatar

A lemon cucumber is a weird cucumber that is pale and round like a ball. And it tastes like about 80 percent cucumber and 20 percent mild honeydew. No kidding. Just ate a bowl of it. Great summer treat. Whatever it is.

gailcalled's avatar

Do you treat it as vegetable or as dessert?

crisedwards's avatar

We just picked it yesterday so…we ate it as a dessert kinda thing. It’s just a crisp and mild fruit thing. Apparently it’s something unusual. We are saving the seeds to replant.

paulc's avatar

Seriously, listen to gailcalled and look in to patenting it – you could make a mint that makes mints if you catch my drift.

PupnTaco's avatar

Awesome. Keep all the seeds and contact your local university’s botany department!

gailcalled's avatar

And it will be interesting to see whether the seeds produce the same hybrid next year.

rowenaz's avatar

It looks like a casaba melon or a crenshaw to me. Sorry, I think it’s just a regular melon that you picked too early – that baby isn’t ripe yet!

marinelife's avatar

A failure as both a fruit and a vegetable.

crisedwards's avatar

I think rowenaz might be the most correct. It’s a normal melon that somehow ended up in our garden. But, I need to find an actuall Casaba to compare. It’s delicious, either way!

crisedwards's avatar

Maybe we have something special, just not as special as I had hoped, natch. :P

Africangarden's avatar

i grew up in North Africa and that vegetable/fruit is in everyone’s garden, we put it in salads or ate it just as a snack.
My Grandparents mixed honeydew seeds with cucumber seeds for as long as i remember.
It is a common thing all over Africa.

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