Calorie content: 14 kcal.
The energy value of the product African cucumber melotriya:
Proteins: 0.8 g.
Fat: 0.1 g
Carbohydrates: 2.5 g.
Melotria — African cucumber, a plant of the Pumpkin family. In addition, you can hear other names: «mouse watermelon,» «Mexican sour gherkin.»
Equatorial Africa is considered the birthplace of this plant. Most often this plant is used as a decor, as its stem is a vine.
The ripened fruits reach a length of no more than 4 cm and are oval in shape (see photo). The taste of African cucumber melotriya is similar to the usual vegetable, but at the same time it has a melon flavor and a slight sourness. The color of the fruit is similar to watermelon: the green skin is covered with stripes and spots.
Until now, African cucumber melotriya refers to exotic products, and it is grown very rarely in our area. In fact, the plant is not capricious and it can be safely planted on your site.
Useful properties of fills are very extensive. Thus, regular consumption of African cucumber helps to improve the work of the pancreas.
Vegetables are low-calorie products that are allowed and even recommended to be included in your diet for people who are watching their figure or want to get rid of extra pounds. In addition, the body is very easy to assimilate the African cucumber.
Use flesh helps to eliminate excess fluid from the body. Given this property, the vegetable should be used by people who are prone to edema. It is noticed that the regular use of African cucumber in food helps normalize blood pressure.
The composition of the fruit includes fiber, which helps detoxify and “bad” cholesterol. Because of this, these cucumbers can serve as an excellent prevention of the fight against constipation.
Not only fruits can be used as food, but also tubers that look like sweet potatoes. Root vegetables have a taste that is somewhat similar to cucumber and radish. Add them mostly to salads. Fruits are consumed raw, as well as salted and pickled.
African cucumber goes well with products of plant and animal origin. In addition, the fruit can be used as decoration.
The use of melotriya was evaluated in traditional medicine of many African tribes. Due to the rich composition of nutrients, this vegetable is recommended to be used during the treatment period of a wide variety of diseases. So, it is recommended to include this vegetable in the diet of people who are prone to constipation. It will be useful to eat African cucumber in case of arrhythmia and in diseases of the thyroid gland.
Harm of flesh can bring people with increased acidity of gastric juice. Salted or marinated fruits should not be consumed in diseases of the liver and kidneys. It is worth to refuse such a product in case of gastrointestinal and cardiovascular problems. African cucumber is contraindicated for melodria to people who have ulcer or gastritis.
The cultivation of African cucumber melotriya should take place in several mandatory steps that will help grow and harvest a good harvest from this plant.
Before telling you how to plant melodraia correctly, you need to clarify that you can either buy seeds of African cucumber or get them from previously harvested fruits. It is better to store the grains in a bag made of paper so that they are not covered with mold.
Now, as for the most planting seeds in the ground. Initially, they need to be planted in small plastic cups in which there is earth. After the grains are planted, they need to be sprinkled on top of the ground and watered. Plastic containers must be covered with a film and put on the windowsill, just make sure that the sun’s rays do not fall on the seeds. Sprouts will appear seven days later. This landing is better to do in late April.
As soon as the first shoots appear, you need to open the window and ventilate the room so that the plants get used to the natural conditions.
When the sprigs of melodies grow to five centimeters, they can already be planted in the ground in the garden plot. The period of planting in the ground falls in the middle of May. African cucumber loves it warmly, so it can die at low temperatures. Also, the plant must be abundantly watered.
There should be at least forty centimeters between the sprouts planted, and also special supports should be next to which African feline curl will grow and grow.
As for the care of the plant, the cucumber should be watered with water every two days, pouring at least ten liters onto each bush. When a crust appears on the ground, it is necessary to loosen the soil. To African melotriya was lush and brought a good harvest, it must be fertilized with urea. If powdery mildew appears on the artisanal plant, it should be sprayed with soapy water.
African cucumber is best planted away from the pumpkin, eggplant and zucchini.
The first cuippers of fries appear fourteen days after sowing the seeds. And you can collect them in seven days.
Below is a video of African footage.