…outperformed his in-soil counterpart. (The peppers were harvested and included with the 7-19 Harvest Day post).
In the lower right corner is the in-ground pepper. It’s actually perked up a little over the past week and has a couple peppers growing and a few flowers. Maybe it got a little jealous of the other pepper and decided to work a little harder. And please excuse my mess. I started thinning out the strawberry plants last night.
The tomato I’m holding is a clone (“EG style”) from one of the cherry tomato suckers I stuck in the ground. This plant is about four weeks old and is putting on flowers already.
But on to the subject of today’s post.
- a/k/a Yard Long Cucumber
- a/k/a Serpent Cucumber
- a/k/a Snake Melon
The Armenian cucumber is not actually a cucumber. Botanically it belongs in the melon family. The cucumber can grow up to three feet long and three inches wide, but they are most flavorful if harvested at 12 to 15 inches. If grown on a trellis, the fruit will grow straight. If grown on the ground, however, the fruit can grow curled and/or coiled, sometimes resembling a snake. The plant produces both male and female flowers, but the plant is self-fertile. As the fruit matures the skin turns yellow and has a muskmelon aroma.
The taste is quite pleasant and there is a nice crunch with each bite, even with very thin slices. My Armenian cukes were grown from seed started on May 1, transplanted into a pot on May 23rd. The pot is situated behind a large Brussels sprout plant growing in the planting area on one side of the base of the stairs (if that wasn’t clear, you’ll see what I’m talking about in the pictures that follow). I attached some netting that my daughter found last year at either a yard sale or marked down onto the stair railing for the cukes to grow up the trellis. Around the corner from the cukes, still in that same planting area, are a few yard long bean plants.
The first pollinated fruit appeared on June 1. Between June 6 and June 15, the fruit grew from approximately 2 inches to over a foot long and about 2 1/2 to 3 inches in diameter.
Armenian Cucumbers, a definite do again for next year.