(aka Snake Melon, Serpent Cucumber) Looks and tastes like a cucumber but botanically a melon. Crunchy flesh is burpless, never bitter, and makes great pickles. Prolific output, performs especially well in hot climates. Light green ribbed fruits grow up to two feet long; they grow straight when trellised but tend to twist when grown on the ground.
This variety works for:
- Fresh eating
Cucumbers are most often used raw and are perfect in salads. Some chefs prefer to peel the skin off the fruit as it can be bitter, but that is not the case with Armenian cucumbers which are best eaten at 12-15 inches in length.
Cucumbers pair well with mint an dill, which can be added directly to your salad or to dressings. Cucumber and mint can also be added to smoothies and juice. Tatziki sauce is made from shredded cucumber, yogurt, and dill.
Pickling cucumbers, however, are best for preserving in a solution of vinegar, salt, sugar, spices, and water. You can create countless number of combinations for your pickles to use on sandwiches, as a relish, or eaten as side dish.
Instructions - Sow seeds outdoors in 12" diameter hills after the last frost when soil is warm. Space hills 6' apart in all directions. Can also be started indoors 2-4 weeks before the last frost for an earlier harvest. Cucumbers benefit from consistent moisture. Provide support for vines to save space.
- Direct Seed: 1" Deep
- Seeds to Hill: 6-8 Seeds
- Thin: To 3-4 Plants
- Light: Full Sun
Ratings & Reviews
GROW LIKE TWO
I grew four of these plants for a family of five. They took over the garden. They took over the yard. Even with the slugs eating half the crop, the dog snacking on them throughout the day, my father eating one for breakfast every morning and me pickling them as fast as I could, we were still overwhelmed.
They produce cucumbers the side of your arm or larger, never get woody, and polinate super easily with no extra effort. Even when the slugs eat them they just... Keep growing. The vines will take over everything you love. Your neighbors will start refusing your produce.
Best cucumbers Ive ever grown.
I'm never growing them again.
Best Cucumber for Hot Desert
Living in Tucson in 2020 where there was no rain and it was well over 100 degrees all summer long, this was my only really successful crop. We were not overwhelmed with cucumbers but we did have plenty to enjoy. I grew them in screened pots by a fence because there are too many little ground squirrels that ate all my ground planted ones last year.
Very easy, taste good. Fun to grow up trellis
Don't skip this one!
If you are bored of cucumbers or don't like them. You must give this variety a try. crispy, crunchy outside, and juicy inside, it's amazing pickled or fresh. Easy to grow with steady watering and sun.
This cucumber is famous east of the Mediterranean. I wouldn't call it Armenian specifically as it is grown all over that region.