After four years battling cucumber beetles and the disease they spread, I am taking a break from growing cucumbers. I can get perfect thin-skinned cukes as well as picklers at my farmers' market--they apparently have little trouble growing them. I need to focus on growing what does well in my garden, but I am not entirely abandoning cucumber-like fruit. This year I am trying Mexican sour gherkins, Melothria scabra.
They are tiny--can you spot them?
I was getting worried, but from reading reviews I learned that they start small, but really take off once a few true leaves form. If they do well, I imagine they will make a perfect garnish for Pimm's cups!