GET UN­DER THEIR SKINS

NZ Gardener - - 2018 Gardener Of The Year -

• Not all cu­cum­bers are equal. Over the years, our tastes have changed from Tele­graph-style cu­cum­bers with hard skins that needed peel­ing, to smaller, sweeter, ten­der-skinned va­ri­eties such as ‘Le­banese’ and snack­able ‘Iznik‘.

• Cut open a se­lec­tion of cu­cum­bers and you‘ll see that the ra­tio of firm white flesh to seed pulp varies re­mark­ably. Many new va­ri­eties have been bred to be seed­less (they still have a cen­tral seed cav­ity, but the seeds are thin and un­der­de­vel­oped). If sweet, seed­less cu­cum­bers are what you want, sow partheno­carpic (non-pol­li­nat­ing) types.

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