The Guadeloupe or Creeping CucumberSome would beg to differ as to its being inedible. While it remains obviously green (resembling a small watermelon) they readily consume the tiny fruit. However, as it darkens, turning black, they avoid it, considering the creeping cucumber an intense laxative.
The creeping cucumber is approximately the size of an ordinary jellybean and is quite smooth. It tastes like a cucumber (well, duh!). Its leaves and flowers resemble closely those of an ordinary table cucumber, and it tends to develop white powdery mildew as an ordinary cucumber does.
Food, Ornamental, or Pest?It is a vine that loves to climb over other plants. Some view it as a total pest; others find it to be an attractive addition. Beauty is, after all, in the eye of the beholder. Putting it another way, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.
Ordinary table cucumbers have had flavor compounds isolated from them. The Wiley Online Library mentions among them, nona-2, 6-dienal, non-2-enal, hex-2-enal, and three saturated aliphatic aldehydes.
Enjoy this very informative YouTube video on the Melothria pendula or Guadeloupe cucumber. It may help you decide whether or not you desire to taste this member of the cucumber family of plants. If you do, please pay close attention to the advisories concerning its potential laxative properties. But then: maybe you are looking for an effective, natural laxative?
- Dave’s Garden: Creeping Cucumber, Guadeloupe Cucumber
- Walter Reeves: Creeping Cucumber: Identification
- Wiley Online Library: The Flavor of Cucumbers