What are the pros? Prolific, tender, sweet
What are the cons? prolific ;-)
As mentioned, this plant is prolific! It covered our raised bed here in hot Las Vegas & by mid-summer was attempting to dip its tendrils into the pool 15 feet away! It seemed to thrive in the heat, shaded its own soil wonderfully, & did not react to the few pests we had in early summer. We irrigate below the soil's surface & actually dialed back on watering for this beauty. We had previously tried the more familiar varieties of cukes, with no success - too hot
It produced fabulous 10-14 inch fruits daily - we gave them away by the armloads! Everyone loved them & asked for more! No need to peel - skin is thin & never bitter. Even the larger fruits, once cut & de-seeded, are excellent to eat - just keep in a plastic bag so the "frost-free" refrigerator doesn't dehydrate them. I've kept them 10 days in this fashion. I also made refrigerator pickles with these - bread&butter style, as well as a cold-pack spicy dill & a classic kosher dill. The pickles were a hit & were incredibly crisp.
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