World’s largest not-potato

David Schaeffer via pbs
Sun, 20 Mar 2022 07:41:31 PDT
If you keepmouse melon growing for YEARS, it makes a sorta-kinda caudex you
can partially expose. Or so I've been told.

As far as edibility, I think it would be more rewarding to go after edible
fruit than an edible tuber. Perennial tubers tend to be fibrous to almost
woody after a season of growth, more "emergency food" than anything, or at
least requiring heavy processing. But if you had some kind of melon to eat
year after year, that could be rewarding. I'm thinking tons of supplemental
watering or at least fert would be necessary.


On Sun, Mar 20, 2022, 10:34 AM Robert Lauf via pbs <> wrote:

>  I also thought it was odd that the vine that must've been connected to
> that monster wouldn't have been something he noticed in his potato bed.
> Some gardener!
> It is also odd that he would dig up something unknown and eat a piece of
> it.  If it were some kind of nightshade or many other things, it might not
> have ended well.
> Re. mouse melons:  They were so darn cute a friend gave me some seedlings,
> but when they got ready to harvest, roughly 90% of them each had a worm
> inside.  My ag agent said just dump a lot of sevin dust and it will control
> them.  I am willing to use various pesticides and herbicides as
> appropriate, but in the kitchen garden all I grow are exotic peppers,
> cherry tomatoes, and tomatillos, all of which need no insecticides at all,
> so I wasn't about to wade into that for the sake of micro cukes!  But they
> are cute.
> Bob   Zone 7
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