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August 5, 2014

A Slice of My Life


This pretty vine grows in my backyard, up the fence. A few times a year I pull up as much as I can and give it to the goats. They love the vine and the little one-inch-long fruits.


It's known as creeping cucumber, cuca-melon, and mouse cucumber; its botanical name is melothria pendula.


The fruits are supposed to be edible by humans when they are green, but not when they are black/ripe. Some say they taste just like or even better than a cucumber, others say it's like a cross between a melon and a cucumber.

Disclaimer: Any information about edible wild plants is for educational purposes only. Sample such things at your own risk.


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3 comments:

  1. How nice the goats love it and help keep the plant in check! I have to admit the fruits are cute ;-)

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  2. Anonymous12:51 PM

    Have you tried them yourself?

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  3. No, I've not tried them yet.

    Terri, don't the fruits look like tiny watermelons?

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