Those unfamiliar cucumbers

23/12/2012


 

They were grown Egyptians, Greeks and Romans. They knew about medieval Europe. Olivier their chops in every modern housewife. And it seems as if we know all about cucumbers — but the selection is still "magic" over crunchy vegetables, and gardeners are increasingly interested in the seeds of exotic vines, because some relatives overseas pumpkins may well take root in our country. Let's get acquainted 6 unusual "cucumber" from around the world!

Cucumber varieties of "Salt and pepper» (Salt and Pepper)

Agronomists Kavatorta Jason and Molly Yang from Cornell University (Cornell University, New York) out of the ordinary cucumber brought new gourmet variety, whose taste foodies unanimously rated as "A +".

The strange name of "vegetable masterpiece" received for his appearance: the skin is not green, but almost as white as salt. In addition, cucumber covered with black dots that look like ground black pepper. The advantages of the new variety — simplicity in agricultural technology, resistance to powdery mildew and some other pests.

Cucumber, lemon, or "Crystal Apple» (Crystal apple)

When these strange round cucumbers ripen, the color and shape are similar to lemons. However, the taste is ordinary cucumbers — crisp, sweet and fragrant, perfect for canning. With each plant fruiting before frost, you can collect up to 10 kg merry "lemons." Seeds is on sale in shops in Western Europe or accessed through the internet — fortunately, the variety is not a hybrid, so next year we will have a gardener own seed stock.

Antilles cucumber — Kiva (Cucumis metulifer)

Other names NZ cucumber — horned melon, anguriya.
Yellow-orange fruit with numerous "horns" melon called for a pleasant and refreshing taste of green flesh, which combines the notes of banana, cucumber and lemon.

Beautiful fruit used in cooking, medicine and even for home decoration — from herbal compositions as Christmas tree decorations.

Red cucumber — Tladianta (Thladiantha dubia)

5-6 centimeter "cucumber", and in fact only oblong pumpkins, taste reminiscent of cucumber with honey, used in salads, side dishes and jams. The plant is very unpretentious — it can be grown on balconies or covered loggias.

And, you can cross the red cucumber and melon, squash and cucumbers common to get a funny hybrids unusual color.

African mini-cucumber — Melotriya (Melothria scabra)

Melotriya rough — perennial vine native to the tropical forests of equatorial Africa. The small green fruit with a distinct taste for marble pattern reminiscent of cucumber, which can be eaten fresh or preserved.

Other than that of the plant forms tubers weighing up to 400 grams, sweet potato-like tubers — they are used in salads. Melotriyu grow in the middle lane can be — but in the winter tubers freeze, so in our case the little ones have to grow as an annual, ie through seedlings.

Indian cucumber — Momordica (Momordica charantia)

Image of curiosities familiar to all — thanks to the stylized prints on textiles in the printing, etc. Eastern vine of the Cucurbitaceae family is also called mad melon or balsam pear. Long berry bright orange color, covered with pimples, contains a red seeds, the taste is reminiscent of a ripe persimmon. The very "wrapper" is close to the taste of ripe pumpkin with bitterness.

Tricky plant itself dictates when it's time to harvest: until the seeds ripen fully, all of the creeper tow as nettle. Obstinate beauty can be grown in greenhouses, on the balcony or even on the windowsill — why not make your own interior tasty?
 

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