Looks and tastes like a cucumber but genetically a melon! Crispy flesh is BURPLESS and NEVER BITTER! 2-3'L, pale green, spineless, ribbed fruits. As it is sliced, it releases a subtly "melonish" aroma into the air. Its flavor is that of a mildly sweet cucumber with hints of melon undertones and aftertaste. Best when picked under 12." Grows straight, for easy slicing, if grown on fence or trellis. Unsupported - they curl into unique shapes. Prolific producer. Loves hot weather!
Pollination occurs by insect, bird, wind, humans, or other natural mechanisms. Because there are no restrictions on the flow of pollen between individuals, open-pollinated plants are more genetically diverse. However, as long as pollen is not shared between different varieties within the same species, then the seed produced will remain true-to-type year after year.
This variety has a history of being passed down within a family or community, similar to the generational sharing of certain items like jewelry or furniture.
Cucumbers will grow both female and male flowers. Such cucumber plants do not need another cultivar cucumber plant for pollination. They require bees, other insects or wind, however, to spread their pollen from their male flowers to their female flowers.
* This is an estimated guide. Conditions may vary considerably due to location.