A relative of the honey dew melon, this Middle Eastern HEIRLOOM yields heavily ribbed, long pale-green cucumbers with a sweet, white flesh. They are apt to twist and coil when grown on the ground, but develop gently tapered, straight fruit on a trellis. Fruit remains edible, tender, and tasty at a larger size than most cukes.
This Diva is no temperamental star but a true garden performer. Considered a Beit Alpha type that is both gynoecious and parthenocarpic. As such it is one of the smooth, thin-skinned class of cukes that originated in the Middle East, and produces exclusively female flowers which do not require pollination to set fruit. Tender, crisp, sweet and bitter-free, they are nearly seedless and best harvested between 5 to 7 inches. An All American Selection Winner renowned for taste, exceptional yields and disease resistance. A premium cuke for fresh eating.
Especially bred to be the quintessential pickler. Ideal size, shape, crisp texture and superb flavor all rolled into one. Whether picked small for tiny gherkins, medium size for dill spears, or large for bread and butter slices, these green, short, plump cukes are perfect. At whatever size, they are firm and tender-sweet! Plants grow vigorously over a long season, with great disease resistance for appreciable yields. The bountiful vines do well supported with a trellis or staking.
A gourmet mini cuke! Gynoecious and parthenocarpic, these thin-skinned, crisp beauties produce entire female flowers and do not require pollination to set fruit. Don’t be fooled by the plant’s relatively compact size. Iznik is an extraordinary yielder that will perform equally well in your containers, trellis garden, raised beds or rows. The spineless, seedless, dark green snackers, best picked when 3- to 4-inches long, are tasty fresh or pickled. Highly resistant to powdery mildew and scab.
This HEIRLOOM, also known mouse melon, cucamelon, and sandíita (Spanish for “little melon”), is not a real cucumber, but an honorary one belonging to another genus entirely, Melothria. These little charmers pack a powerful, sweet, cucumber flavor with a tangy, citrus twist into an adorable-sized treat. Expect delicate foliage and baskets of fruit that look like doll-sized watermelons. Perfect to trellis or cascade in a hanging basket. The 1-inch fruits are terrific tossed in a salad, and the plants are productive enough to have plenty for pickling.
Also known as Armenian Cucumber or Snake Melon, this HEIRLOOM native to Armenia was taken to Italy in the 15th century. Botanically Painted Serpent is a muskmelon, Cucumis melo, more commonly known in the form of a cantaloupe, yet the species is closely related to the cucumber. You will be captivated by the slender, slightly fuzzy, flexuous fruits that delicately coil like a serpent with alternating light and dark green stripes. And the flavor will astound you. A farmer’s market favorite when folks have the opportunity for sampling!
A French HEIRLOOM dating back to the late 1800s, Parisienne Cornichon de Bourbonne was used extensively in France as the premier pickling Cornichon. Expect buckets of gherkin or Cornichon-sized cukes — dark green and seedless, nubby and bumpy, tart and crunchy-sweet. Harvest fully developed, no more than 2-inch long, the width of a child’s finger and have your mason jars and favorite pickling ingredients on standby.
Mini English cucumbers are sweet little crispy gems. Best picked at 4-5 inches long. Skin is medium green and thin. Not only prolific, but independent – plants are parthenocarpic, allowing for fruit set without pollination.
A noteworthy gourmet variety from India. Smooth-skinned fruits turn from white to golden-yellow to russet brown and may be eaten at any stage, skin and all. At each stage they remain extremely crisp, sweet, juicy, refreshing, and bitter-free. Many consider the flavor best when harvested as rosy blush begins. Used in stir-fries, long-marinating dishes, pickles, and chutneys. They keep their crisp texture and absorb sauce flavors in Thai and Indian food.
This compact and space-saving All-America Selections winner is easy to grow anywhere, though ideally suited for containers, raised beds or even hanging baskets. Yields full-sized and full-flavored 8-inch, uniform slicers over a long season. High disease resistance.