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MOUSE MELON (melothria scabra): These adorable fruits, native
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MOUSE MELON (melothria scabra): These adorable fruits, native to Mexico, look like miniature, grape-size watermelons, but their flavor is more akin to cucumbers with a splash of citrus. You might find their seeds marketed as "cucamelon" or "Mexican gherkins," and they can be added to a stir-fry, used in salads or pickled. Grow them just as you would cucumbers, providing a trellis for the vines; they'll continue to produce straight through to frost.(Credit: Handout)

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Oddball fruits and vegetables to try

Ever intrigued by garden oddities, I've grown purple potatoes, black tomatoes and even plucked fiddleheads from the ferns growing in the shady portion of the backyard. Truth be told, the potatoes were good, the tomatoes tasty but unappetizing, and the fiddleheads, blech! But those are just my opinions. Backyard gardeners and farmers all over the world grow and enjoy fruits and vegetables that others might consider unusual, either in a good -- or inedible -- way. Here are five that might intrigue you. --JESSICA DAMIANO, jessica.damiano@newsday.com

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