A few months ago I noticed a lawn company cleaning up a bunch of brush and vines from a neighbor’s yard. I asked the fellow doing the work if he would mind dumping their truck of brush at my place.
He looked at me like I was crazy. Which was okay – I’m used to that.
I finally convinced him to dump it at my place but he wouldn’t dump it in the yard. Probably scared I would sue him or something. So he dumped the brush in my front swale in front of the fence.
When I went to start picking it up to throw over the fence, I realized that it was such a tangle of vines that it would be a serious pain to move… so I left it to dry out and rot for a while.
Then a week or two ago, I took another shot at it, along with the “help” of my two-year-old.
I started dragging vines to throw over the fence… and then I noticed this:
It was obviously a cucurbit of some sort so I stopped what I was doing in case I broken any of the tiny vines… then I went inside and looked it up. This is what I found, thanks to Green Deane. So is wild cucumber edible? Yes!
I have edible wild cucumbers!
I couldn’t find any fruit, though it had a lot of little blooms as you can see. That meant I couldn’t move the brush… since it had become a trellis for a potential food source.
See? I’m not lazy! I’m just growing food holistically. Or something.
A few days ago I found a few fruit and Rachel and I tried them. A nice little burst of cucumber flavor in a bean-sized package. I think I’ll see if I can find some ripe fruit so I can save the seeds and scatter them around my food forest for next year.
I grew these when I lived in the Redland.
Used to eat them by the handful. They will certainly start showing up all over the yard if you let them but are easily pulled if in a problem area.
"All over the yard" sounds good.
How cool! Love it when things like that happen.
Do the cucumbers look like tiny striped watermelons about an inch and a half [40mm]long ? Looks like Parval, Parwal , pointed gourd , ivy gourd 🙂