Pickled Mouse Melons

Pickled Mouse Melons- Putting Up with ErinPickled Mouse Melons- Putting Up with Erin

It’s not every day that I pickle something as cute as mouse melons. By everyday, I actually mean ever… Second to maybe fiddlehead ferns, these fruits resemble superminiaturized watermelons, the perfect scale for a mouse-sized picnic, and were an absolute delight to not only come across but to also pickle. Native to Mexico and Central America, the mouse melon, also known as the Mexican Sour Gherkin is about the size of a grape. Honestly expecting them to taste somewhat sweet like a melon, I was quite surprised when I bit in and tasted cucumber. “Nope, I’m not a huge fan of these raw. Guess I’ll pickle them”. I had no clue what to expect when I picked up the last pint of these from Ever Laughter Farm last Saturday. As I’ve been going crazy trying to keep up with my garden bounty of daily cucumbers, I decided to extend my quick fridge pickle cucumber recipe to these little guys. I am looking forward to sharing them in a couple weeks and even more excited to grab a couple more pints at the market this weekend. Enjoy.

Pickled Mouse Melons- Putting Up with Erin

Pickled Mouse Melons

Yield: 2 half pints


  • 1 pint mouse melons
  • 2 garlic cloves (sliced)
  • 4 sprigs fresh dill weed
  • 1/4 tsp mustard seed
  • 1/4 tsp celery seed
  • 10 whole peppercorns
  • 1/2 tsp dill seed
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 Tbsp pickling/sea/kosher salt


  1. In a medium-sized, non-ionized pot combine water, vinegar, salt, and peppercorns. Bring brine to a boil.
  2. Meanwhile pack your mouse melons and the remainder of your ingredients into 2 clean half pint jars.
  3. Pour brine mixture over cucumbers (covering cucumbers completely).
  4. Cap jars, and store in fridge for at least 10 days before consuming.

5 responses to Pickled Mouse Melons

  1. Wow how cool! I’ve never seen these before. I wonder what they would be like if they were traditionally fermented like Bubbies Pickles. I like to use some juice from a previous jar a starter. Now I must go find these cute little things and give it a try!

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  3. I’m growing a load of these in Ireland for the first time so thanks for the pickling recipe. Agree, one bite and I went “oh no!” off the vine but pickled I am sure will be the business…….thanks.

  4. Just tried your recipe, have a pint and 1/2 pint from my plants that grew over 6′ tall. Took forever to pick them all, they hide very well! Grew on covered patio with good sunlight in Washington state. Start them early, and hope for a warm summer. Looking forward to trying these in a few weeks.

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