Cuculoupe: Houma couple gets national spotlight

Cuculoupe? Ok what is the catch? Well there is no catch, but the fact that it is a freak of nature. The Cuculoupe is a crossbred fruit, that just sort of happened.

Regis and Kelly
Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa taste the cuculoupe on their show today. A local couple grew the fruit and shipped it to them.

After their ‘cuculoupe’s’ appearance on “Live With Regis and Kelly” this morning, Tim and Karen Dusenbery won’t be surprised at the attention their strange fruit receives next.

Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa spent about five minutes talking about the Houma couple’s cantaloupe-cucumber crossbreed on the show, even sampling some of the fruit.

“It’s very good,” said Kelly as she tasted her first bite. “Tim, you are on to something.”

Tim, who was on the phone with Regis and Kelly, explained that the strange specimen is a result of “very fertile soil” outside his La. 311 home.

Regis and Kelly both got to try one. Kelly had the right idea, Bust out the vodka! I knew there was something I liked about her.

Regis dipped his piece in ranch and Kelly suggested it would go well with vodka. She even said he should have named the fruit a Dusenbery instead of a cuculoupe.

But Regis and Kelly are not the only ones that are interested in this strange fruit.

News of the cuculoupe has appeared in dozens of publications across the country and even had some international exposure. It seems that America is very interested in the 3-foot-long cylindrical fruit.

Tim says they have received phone calls from publications across the country, all seeking more details. A producer from “Good Morning America” also called him, though he hasn’t yet heard it mentioned on the show.

On Thursday morning, the couple will be on 106.7, a New Orleans radio station, talking about the cuculoupe and hopefully even getting a chance to play their song, Tim said.

“I am just amazed, at how things happen,” he said.

The Dusenberys produced the fruit by accident. The large fruit grew on a vine between the cucumbers and the cantaloupes growing in their backyard garden.

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