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Post  countrynaturals on Sat Jul 09, 2016 2:17 pm

These seeds were sold to me as "vine peach" but the fruit looks more like miniature watermelons. The seeds came from a private garden, not a commercial seed company, so I'm thinking they must have cross-pollinated with something else.  Mad Any ideas? (They're about the size of my thumb right now.)

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Post  StrongAsMeat on Sat Jul 09, 2016 2:39 pm

I would say watermelon or cucamelon...

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Post  countrynaturals on Sat Jul 09, 2016 2:53 pm

@StrongAsMeat wrote:I would say watermelon or cucamelon...
The plants seem to delicate for watermelon, but what's a cucamelon? I'll go look that one up right now.  thanks

OMIGOSH! THAT'S IT! Now I have to look up when to harvest. 

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Post  plantoid on Sat Jul 09, 2016 3:11 pm

If you cut one in half at  the equator line instead of cutting them pole to pole does it look like a cucumber inside but slightly firmer ?

If so ,then I'd offer that they are apple cucumbers . Which by the way don't seem to cause many people as much indigestion as long green cuc's

 Mine grew up to 3.5 inches in diameter , were best if used at 2 -2.5 inches dia for best taste & quality .

 At 2-2.5 inches dia you don't really need to cut the skin off/peel them as it is usually still quite soft . .

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Post  BeetlesPerSqFt on Sat Jul 09, 2016 4:07 pm

Young Plum Granny melons(=Vine Pomegranate=Queen Anne's Pocket Melon) have stripes,
scroll down here: http://aiken-gardens.blogspot.com/2008/06/very-welcoming-place.html

and young Tigger melons do, too:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/rubber_slippers_in_italy/3768698960

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Post  StrongAsMeat on Sat Jul 09, 2016 8:54 pm

@countrynaturals wrote:
@StrongAsMeat wrote:I would say watermelon or cucamelon...
The plants seem to delicate for watermelon, but what's a cucamelon? I'll go look that one up right now.  thanks

OMIGOSH! THAT'S IT! Now I have to look up when to harvest. 
 I hope that's it, let me know how it is, I'd love to try some

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Post  countrynaturals on Sat Jul 09, 2016 9:00 pm

YIKES! They look like all of these.  affraid The biggest one is about golfball size. Maybe I'll just let it go for a few days and see what happens. thinking

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Post  sanderson on Sun Jul 10, 2016 8:07 am

What does it taste like?

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Post  countrynaturals on Sun Jul 10, 2016 10:31 am

@sanderson wrote:What does it taste like?
It looks and tastes like a cucumber -- a really good cucumber -- so I'm a happy camper, since I have lots of them coming.


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Post  sanderson on Mon Jul 11, 2016 1:18 pm

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Post  trolleydriver on Mon Jul 11, 2016 1:42 pm

What a great looking produce. I have to get some of those for next year. I'll be looking for seeds.

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Post  countrynaturals on Mon Jul 11, 2016 2:17 pm

WAAAA! The lady who sold me the seeds still swears they're vine peach. Evidently they cross pollinated in her garden last year or in some previous generation somewhere else, so this could be a one-time harvest. Sad

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Post  trolleydriver on Mon Jul 11, 2016 7:06 pm

I looked up cucamelon and read that they grow to about a one inch size and then fall to the ground.

http://homegrown-revolution.co.uk/savoury-fruit/growing-cucamelons/


The outsides of what you have sure do not look like the Vine Peach in the following link.

https://www.eburgess.com/store/show/title/6298-vine-peach

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Post  sanderson on Mon Jul 11, 2016 8:55 pm

Both fruits look veddy interesting! Hummm

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Post  Scorpio Rising on Mon Jul 11, 2016 9:36 pm

@countrynaturals wrote:
@sanderson wrote:What does it taste like?
It looks and tastes like a cucumber -- a really good cucumber -- so I'm a happy camper, since I have lots of them coming.


What you have is a cucumber. Not a cucamelon or a vine peach. They are completely different! A delicious hybridized cuke! You could name it! sunny

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Post  StrongAsMeat on Mon Jul 11, 2016 10:26 pm

Let the fun begin! 

-Cuthumber

-Cucumberini

-Cucumberino

-Cutecumber

-Microcumber

I could go on...

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Post  Scorpio Rising on Mon Jul 11, 2016 11:14 pm

Meloncuke

Cuke-A-Monga

Round Stripey Tiny Cucumber

Not Your Mother's Vine Peach

Me too.... Lol

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Post  AtlantaMarie on Tue Jul 12, 2016 7:10 am

How cool! A new type right from one of OUR members!!

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Post  countrynaturals on Tue Jul 12, 2016 1:07 pm

Problem is that these babies are growing right in the middle of several other varieties of melons and cukes. I will let the last one go to seed, save the seeds, and plant them next year where they can't cross-pollinate, but I wouldn't hold my breath for them to come up like this again. There are even some little guys on the same plant, that don't have stripes. Wouldn't it be something to have vine peach and stripey cukes growing on the same plant? 

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Post  Scorpio Rising on Tue Jul 12, 2016 9:24 pm

Fun with genetics!

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