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Old February 19, 2019   #1
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Default Storage Cucumbers

In looking around at the various varieties of cucumbers we have here in the land of OZ, I have come to realise that some (or at least one, Large white Russian, a 4lb beast) was breed as a storage cucumber. Information relating to the other varieties here is sparse in relation to storage/keeping qualities and was wondering if anyone was aware of any other varieties breed as keepers. Thanks.
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Old February 19, 2019   #2
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Interesting. Poona Kheera is supposed to have a long shelf live after maturing on the vine, which I can confirm. Unfortunately, I didn't like the taste of the mature fruits. (The younger ones, before they started to russet, were fine, and the plants were very productive!)
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Old February 20, 2019   #3
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Thanks PG, Poona Kheera is available here, shall give it a try. Have one called Long White sitting on a bench in the shed with pick date beside them to see how they hold.
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Not a storage cucumber, but Armenian cucumber (actually a melon) lasts longer than regular cucumbers for me.
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I grew the Armenian variety a couple of years on a trellis. I wasn't aware they are melons until some grew to about ten lbs. in size. When they were ripe, they turned yellow. Out of curiosity, I cut one and ate some. It was very sweet like a mild flavored melon.
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Cucumbers taste best when picked and eaten when young and tender. That is how we also use string bean, okra , broccoli,. That goes forArmenian cucumber too. To me, if the sleeds start getting hard or skin starts,yellowing, it goes in the compost .
About taste , a tender Boston pickler is one of the best tasting , to me.
I let one or two grow ripe, to save seeds from.
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