Help Identifying This Fruit

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Help Identifying This Fruit

Postby slick4591 » Thu Sep 27, 2012 12:43 pm

This is growing volunteer in an unmaintained area of a friend's property.

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She says it's about the size of a large lemon. The meat looks squash like and is sweet with a good taste. They described the seeds as melon like and the kid said they tasted like sweat socks. :lol2: The vine has a little fuzz on it.

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Someone suggested Lemon Cucumbers but they say there's no lemon flavor. That's all the description I can get as I've not personally seen the fruit.
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Re: Help Identifying This Fruit

Postby CottageFarm » Thu Sep 27, 2012 3:47 pm

Looks like a lemon cucumber. Do you have pics of the leaves?
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Re: Help Identifying This Fruit

Postby CottageFarm » Thu Sep 27, 2012 3:57 pm

http://www.johnnyseeds.com/p-5815-lemon.aspx

I'm trying to find a better pic of the whole plant. I used to have some pics of my own plants, but can't seem to find them. The plant itself looks like any other cucumber though.
They don't taste like lemons, they only look like them. They're a fairly sweet heirloom variety. The fruit in your pic is overripe though.
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Re: Help Identifying This Fruit

Postby slick4591 » Thu Sep 27, 2012 4:18 pm

CottageFarm wrote:Looks like a lemon cucumber. Do you have pics of the leaves?


Sorry, no leaves were on it when their kid found them, probably why they are overripe. I'm not familiar with a lemon cucumber so I was no help. Thanks for yours, tho. I'll let them know.
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Re: Help Identifying This Fruit

Postby CottageFarm » Thu Sep 27, 2012 4:25 pm

They're an open pollinated variety that self sows pretty easily. They're really tasty, but very small.
They were mostly a novelty for my customers, so due to space contraints, I decided not to grow any this year.
Tell your friends to pick whatever is left and enjoy them. They should feel pretty firm and heavy for their size.
If they're at all soft, don't bother with them. They also don't hold for very long. Couple of days max.
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Postby slick4591 » Thu Sep 27, 2012 4:31 pm

Thanks, I'll pass that along. From what I understood this was the best one that was left.
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Re: Help Identifying This Fruit

Postby CottageFarm » Thu Sep 27, 2012 4:43 pm

Aw, that's too bad. Maybe they'll get some again next year
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Re: Help Identifying This Fruit

Postby slick4591 » Thu Sep 27, 2012 5:10 pm

Evidently this was in an area that they don't mow and was a surprise to them when their child found them. I bet they check it next year, tho.
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Re: Help Identifying This Fruit

Postby Fred » Sat Sep 29, 2012 10:35 pm

I don't know the name of them, but the ones growing wild around here look like mini green striped watermelons before turning yellow. The ones I've seen are not edible.
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Re: Help Identifying This Fruit

Postby lynnmcmahan » Sat Feb 16, 2013 4:36 pm

Looks like a passion fruit, aka may pop. Look for the vine around fence line in early summer. Has a very pretty flower. Great vine for caterpillar that makes the butterflies.
When I was a kid they were fun to throw at each other.
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Re: Help Identifying This Fruit

Postby slick4591 » Sat Feb 16, 2013 4:39 pm

It turned out to be a lemon cucumber on its last leg.
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