The cucamelon (Melothria scabra) belongs to Cucurbitaceae (the Gourd family). It is a twining perennial, often grown as an annual vegetable crop, that is native to Mexico and Central America. It climbs up by the tendrils, and grows up to 3 meters under proper conditions. The leaves are triangular ovate-cordate and often shallowly three lobed. It is monoecious. The small yellow, about 4 mm in diameter, flowers bloom in late spring and early summer. After flowering, it bears small, oblong, dark and pale green mottled fruit. The fruit tastes like cucumbers with a tinge of sourness.