Food & Recipes

Meet The Cucamelon—AKA The Cutest Fruit On The Planet

This tiny fruit grows to be about the size of a grape and tastes like a sour cucumber.

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One of the perks of the internet is the access it provides to all things adorable. Like this super cuddly new dog breed. Or this cat who scaled a wall to be with its puppy friend.

But we’re not sure we’ve seen anything as cute as the cucamelon in quite awhile.

What is a cucamelon, you ask? So glad you did. Cucamelons are tiny, vine-growing fruits that are about the size of a grape and taste like cucumbers with a hint of citrusy sour. The cutest part, of course, is that they look like tiny watermelons. Or maybe it’s the fact that another nickname for them is mouse melon. That’s right. Cuteness overload.

Here’s a shot of the cucamelon adorably growing on the vine:

Of course, cucamelon makes a great ingredient in fresh spring and summer recipes. This cucamelon salsa is a perfect warm-weather appetizer. Get the recipe from Dine & Dash.

Dine & Dash

Cucamelons also pair well, when pickled, with dill and mint. Or dice them up for a tasty bruschetta topping using this recipe from She Eats.

She Eats

The fruit, also known as a Mexican sour gherkin, is native to Mexico and parts of Central America, where they are called sandiita (little watermelon). You can find them at farmers’ markets, in select grocery stores or try growing your own.

You can buy cucamelon seeds from several different sellers on Amazon for just a few dollars per packet.


Definitely makes you want to try one, right? Please do, and prepare to taste the cuteness.

[h/t: Huffington Post]