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Pickling green cantaloupe

 
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Ok, this is a memory from over 20 years ago, looking for any data before I waste a bunch of time.
Many years ago I saw something about cucumbers and cantaloupes being variants of the same plant, and unripe cantaloupe being pickleable like a cucumber.

I have NO idea how accurate that memory is. The relatedness of the plants is correct, I know that much.

We froze early. I picked all I could, including seriously green cantaloupes. Seriously. Not ever considering being ripe. What are the odds they would pickle up well? I haven't cut one to taste yet, I'm thinking a bread and butter type pickling, or the sweet pickled beet type.

Anyone heard of this? Good idea, bad?
 
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I'd totally give it a try. It's a rule of thumb that unripe fruit behaves like a vegetable. It's pretty common to pickle or ferment unripe water melon (either in vinegar or in salty brine). I myself had good results with slices of unripe apple and pear added to ferments. So why would your cantaloupe be different?
 
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