Yesterday, the internet rediscovered the cucamelon, and we couldn’t be more thrilled about it. Native to Mexico and Central America, cucamelons are tiny, grape-size watermelon-cucumber hybrids bursting with a citrusy flavor. The best part? They look like baby watermelons—and they are adorable.
The little-known fruit has made multiple splashes on various lifestyle sites and food blogs over the last few years, making its inaugural debut around April of 2013, . While the cucamelon has managed to keep a fairly low profile in the U.S., it looks like it has garnered a substantial fan base in the UK, in addition to Mexico and Central America.
, cucamelon “tastes like a cucumber soaked in lime juice” and has a refreshing, tangy flavor that’s perfect for pickling. People also pluck them from the vine and eat them whole, or slice them up for a refreshing addition to any summer salad. Fortunately, ; they grow on a vine and flourish in the warm summer months, when there is little risk of frost.
How would you cook with a cucamelon? Share your recipe ideas below and .