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Cucamelons: Superfood that fit on your palm

Cucamelon, sandiita (little watermelon in Mexican), more known as mouse melon, is becoming popular nowadays because of its cute appearance–it looks like a teeny tiny watermelon!  Even if it looks like the mentioned fruit, the cucamelon is not a cross-breed of the cucumber and watermelon. It can be as little as a grape, and you can eat the fruit whole from the vine.

These little fruits are full of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber. Eating cucamelons regularly could help in avoiding the risk of heart disease, stroke, and cancer. Mouse melons are also low in calories.

There are several ways you can enjoy sandiitas. They can be added to salsa for extra sour taste and can be a cucumber substitute. They can be pickled, which makes them crisper. Cucamelons can also be used in cocktail drinks or refreshing punches.

Mouse melons are very easy to plant. Endemic to Central America, this plant can stand hot and humid climates. Aside from being used to hot temperatures, this plant is also pest-resistant and are stronger than other crops, though it takes time to grow.

Cucamelons also grow wild in the Philippines. Vegans, vegetarians, salad-enthusiasts, and ordinary eaters will enjoy mouse melons. If in need of a nutritious snack, you can always pop a cucamelon!

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