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Wild Cucumber fruit cut open

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Thursday September 13, 2012

Meadowlands, MN (Current Weather Conditions)

Caption: No, they're not edible. When you cut them open they stink and are horribly bitter. They'll dry out to a nearly hollow brown husk with large seeds the same size, shape and color as a watermelon! The blossoms are very fragrant and make the whole yard smell good. :-)

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20. minnesotamom
9:14 PM GMT on January 11, 2013
Chuckling.....a kitten, Peter, and the angle and height I was holding the camera made it look even smaller. :D
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19. Cowgazer
5:42 PM GMT on January 11, 2013
Interesting fruit, but boy that's a small cat!
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18. Cowgazer
5:40 PM GMT on January 11, 2013
Interesting fruit, but boy that's a small cat!
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17. minnesotamom
5:25 PM GMT on January 11, 2013
Thanks so much for looking and leaving a note, Tanya!
Duane, these things are so bitter they're not at all appealing---I don't even see any animals or birds tasting them. I'm with you on the potatoes and onions.....just add a burger with that! :D
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16. RenoSoHill
2:35 PM GMT on January 11, 2013
You all enjoy, I stick to my fried potatoes and onions.
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15. TanyaMass
9:39 AM GMT on January 11, 2013
Very interesting fruit. Thank you for sharing!
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14. minnesotamom
12:43 AM GMT on October 05, 2012
Thanks for looking and leaving a note, Heidrun!

Hey, you're a real goldmine of info on these, Mindi! :D Thanks much!
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13. BEME
3:06 AM GMT on October 04, 2012
YEEAHH! I also believe they are related to the LOOFAH family,,at least down here,they look like mini loofahs when dried..and if you have every purchased on in the store,many times there are still seeds in them that look like the cuke seed....it's been a while if memory serves correct..being into botany and all..thanks for sharing your very interesting botanical lesson for the month Kathy!! tee hee!! Cute kitty too :)
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12. trailhiker44
7:24 PM GMT on September 30, 2012
Just learned something new about wild cucumbers !
Thank you for the info !
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11. minnesotamom
8:34 PM GMT on September 28, 2012
I'll have to go take some pictures of the final dried husk and the seeds now. There are hundreds of them from just a few seeds I planted last spring!
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10. SpecialtyMachining
2:01 PM GMT on September 28, 2012
Cool!
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9. minnesotamom
7:01 PM GMT on September 19, 2012
Yup---you guessed right, Ann!
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8. MRSJAAK
1:03 PM GMT on September 14, 2012
I knew this was YOU. :-) So, you can eat the leaves, eh?
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7. minnesotamom
12:41 AM GMT on September 14, 2012
Well, I sure wouldn't have thought anything on them would be edible, after tasting how bitter the fruit is! You're right--we never stop learning, do we?
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6. ChrisAnthemum
12:37 AM GMT on September 14, 2012
I guess wonders never cease, Kathy! Learn something new every day!
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5. minnesotamom
12:34 AM GMT on September 14, 2012
Kathy, I found this comment posted on minnesotawildflowers.info :

Posted by: NM in Maplewood, MN
"The fruit is NOT edible, but the tender leaves and tips ARE and they taste great stir-fried. Many Asian people living here eat them and even sell them, as they resemble Ivy Gourd(Tindora)plants in appearance and taste. You can sometimes catch hawkers selling them at the Como Market farmer's market. In fact, I just had some stir-fried with a little garlic and salt last week and it was euphoric."

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4. ChrisAnthemum
12:04 AM GMT on September 14, 2012
The fruit and seeds really do show that they are in the cucurbitae family! Too bad they are no good to eat. Thanks for following up on your photographs of your flowering vines, Kathy!
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3. Clabo
11:38 PM GMT on September 13, 2012
Oh well...
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2. minnesotamom
10:42 PM GMT on September 13, 2012
I think he was chasing grasshoppers in the lawn. The cukes are clear over on the other side of the trailer. :D
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1. Clabo
10:17 PM GMT on September 13, 2012
The cat evidently likes 'em, too! :D
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