Eventually the seed
packets arrived, and I grew it once in 2022. And it was a good thing
that I did. The initial seed that I received hardly germinated in the
spring of 2023. So I sowed my seed fresh seed early in 2023 and watched
the plants grow.
Just as I had noticed
previously, the vines were somewhat spiky – much like a Cucumis sativus.
However, unlike the C. sativus, the flowers were much more like a
Cucumis melo in that the flowers were much more fuzzy than spiky. While I
am not specifically sure what variety it is, I believe that it is
either an Asian pickling melon (C. melo var conomon) or a snapmelon (C.
melo var momordica).
cucumbermelon” is somewhat fun to grow in that the vines are very weedy and tend to sprawl from the center.
Each plant has thin-stemmed vines that frequently branch off from the
primary stem with their own side stems.
The light fruit with
mottled bands has a somewhat hard crunchy outer layer and a more tender
slightly sweet inner flesh when young. As they mature they possess a
sweet crisp outer layer with a softer sweet juicy center. The mature
fruit eventually end up splitting open as they mature – much more like a
snapmelon than an Asian pickling melon.
All-in-all I really enjoyed growing the Ogurdynya Tohum Russian Cucumbermelon. They are simple, easy and somewhat tasty. As a whole, they are a lot of fun to grow in a small space, such as a greenhouse.