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Monday, August 5, 2013

Armenian Cucumbers

We all have our tried and true heirloom plants that we like to grow every year, but it is always fun to try new varieties to see if there any we like even more. This year we grew Armenian Cucumbers for the first time and they are amazing.

I quick check on the web will tell you that Armenian Cucumbers (also called snake melon or serpent cucumber) are not really cucumbers. They are actually a member of the muskmelon family. We were pleased to find that our crop tastes just like cucumber. In fact, I don't think you would be able to tell the difference in a blind taste test.

Armenian cucumbers grow up to 3 feet long! From our experience they taste better when picked at about 15 to 20 inches long. Many sources also claim that you won't get cucumber burps from the Armenian variety. We bought ours at our local IFA store which sells heirloom varieties that work well in our area. You can also get them online through on of the heirloom seed purveyors.

What is your favorite cucumber variety?



Sunnybrook Farm said...

I grew those a few years ago and you are right, they were very good. I haven't seen the seed around here, I will have to try them again next year.


Burpless?! I'm on board.

kathy f said...

These are my favorite variety to grow. I have several in my fridge. We have a big crop if we can keep the squash bugs away.

Jeanetta Darley said...

How do you think they will do in a pickle?

Mike said...


I'm not sure how they will work as pickles. They seem to have the same texture as raw cucumbers but it's difficult to know how they hold up. I will blog about it if I pickle some to let you know how it works.