Armenian Pale Green Cucumber, or Armenian Burpless Cucumber, Yard Long, Guta, Snake or Serpent Cucumber.
Tender skin never needs peeling, never bitter and are burpless. Very good for a humid climate.
Introduced from Armenia to Italy in the 1400s, it is hard to find, but are one of the best-regarded slicing cucumbers. They can be sliced thin and used to stir-fry or Asian soups for an tasty change.
Very productive of light-green, distinctive heavily ribbed fruit that will grow 24-36 in. x 3-4 inch diameter, best flavor at 12-18 inches. Mild flavor, easily digested-skin and all, fluted slices, prolific, twists and turns on ground, hangs fairly straight from trellis.
See our article with Fearing Burr's comments on the Armenian Cucumber from his 1863 book Field and Garden Vegetables of America along with a garden fresh recipe.
Outdoor Sowing Recommended.
Plant 6 to 8 seeds per hill (4ft. to 6ft. apart) directly in the garden after soil is warm and all danger of frost is past. When seedlings are 6" tall, select the 3 strongest and pinch or cut out the others. Do not pull, as this disturbs the root structure.
Cucumbers need moisture. Mulch thickly and water well in dry weather. Plant where vines can climb on a trellis or a fence. Pick often, cucumbers left to turn yellow will slow or stop the vine's production.
This mild, yet tasty, burpless cuke is actually a melon but it is still my favorite salad cuke. While the flavor of the small fruits 8-10 is slightly better than the larger ones, even the ones that got 3 feet long were terrific. It is hyper productive and will take over your garden if you don't keep it cut back. One thing I noticed is you don't have to peel it since the skins are not bitter. One single plant produced so many cukes last summer I donated the excess to a booth at a local swap meet every week. Another gardener in town who grew it told me it pickles nicely too.