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Friday, July 14, 2006

Home Gardener Creates 'Cuculoupe'

HOUMA, La. -- It's a cucumber. No, it's a cantaloupe. Actually, it's a cuculoupe. Karen Dusenbery said a weird cucumber-cantaloupe hybrid is emerging in her Louisiana garden. She planted cucumbers and cantaloupes. Between the rows something new appeared. She said her half-dozen veggie-melons are about a yard long, a few inches across and have a waxy, yellow skin. She said the flesh inside is firm and yellow, but tastes more like a cucumber than a cantaloupe. One Louisiana State University plant expert isn't surprised. He said cucumbers and cantaloupes come from the same genetic family. Dusenbery said she's saved some of her cuculoupe seeds and can't wait to see what grows next year.

posted by greenakers @ 12:54 PM


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