Cute as a Jellybean

28 Jul

These little cucumber vines grow wild in my yard. they trail up and around the palms & oaks. Whenever we are weeding, as we pull them up the distinct smell of cucumber fills the air. The little fruits are about the size of jelly beans, look like tiny watermelons – and are edible when they are green. As the fruits ripen they turn black and are no longer edible. If you do eat a black one, I’m told it is the mother of all laxatives! I’m not a fan of cucumber, so I haven’t tried them, but the next time I’m weeding I’ll save some of the fruits for a friend who loves cucumbers. I’ll keep you posted!

Creeping Cucumber - Melothria pendula

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2 Responses to “Cute as a Jellybean”

  1. Suwannee Refugee July 28, 2010 at 2:20 pm #

    Good to know. Haven’t seen it before, though.

  2. FlaScenics July 28, 2010 at 2:57 pm #

    They are very green and easy to miss if you aren’t paying attention.

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