Pickling Melon Seeds "Numane" (Cucumis melo var conomom) Asian Vegetable
Pickling Melon "Numane" Asian Vegetable
Cucumis melo var conomomAs its name suggests, this family of melons is ideal for pickling, and that is the most common method of preparation in Asia. Considerably larger than Western cucumbers, young melons can be eaten raw or added to a salad as you would a cucumber. More typically, they can be baked stuffed with beef, pork, chicken or vegetables. Pickling melons also make a tasty vegetable in their own right alongside seafood or in a stir-fry.
Asian names for this vegetable...
China: tsit kwa, uet kwa, bai gua, cai gua, yue gue
Japan: oshiro uri
This Japanese pickling melon, known also as oshiro uri, has light green skin that turns almost white when mature. The melon grows to 12" long and looks like a fat cucumber. This variety thrives in cool areas. Especially ideal for pickling, these melons can also be stuffed or stir-fried with beef, pork, chicken or vegetables. Young fruit is tasty eaten raw as you would a cucumber. Growing Info: Needs warm climate to thrive. Prepare fertile, well-drained soil. Sow seeds in spring/summer after last frost in a warm, sunny location. Hill planting: Form soil into a 1-ft. diameter mound 3-4" tall. Space mounds 3-5' apart. On each mound plant 2-3 seeds. Row planting: See spacing info in chart. Keep soil moist. Fertilize as needed. Trained to climb a vertical support for better air circulation and ease of harvest or leave to sprawl on the ground. Vines can grow up to 10' long. For best flavor, harvest before skin turns white.