Have you ever seen how pretty Armenian cucumbers are? Do you know when is a cucumber really a melon? Find out in the short video below.
One of my blog readers and friends, Sheri Menelli brought these interesting Armenian Cucumbers to my attention. She gave me one of these Armenian cucumbers that she grew in her garden.
What So Special about Armenian Cucumbers?
Take a look at this short video and you see how these tasty and crisp Armenian cucumbers can make pretty additions to salads and edible vegetable flower bouquets. They are pretty to dress up any plate without having do do any carving. Just slice them and you get a pretty flower looking discs of cucumber.
Quick Video Showing How Pretty Armenian Cucumbers Are
Where can you get Armenian cucumbers?
You may be able to find Armenian cucumbers at your local specialty produce store. Or, you may order them through a wholesale produce supplier in your area. We have a supplier in the San Diego area called Specialty Produce.
If you want to grow them yourself, here is a link to Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds sells all kinds of seeds that can be difficult to find including seeds for the painted serpent melon (which is also known as Armenian Cucumber). Go to www.rareseeds.com.
Here is the exact page where you can get your Armenian cucumber seeds.
While you are there, you might want to browse around in their seed catalog. It is really amazing the variety and colors of all kinds of fruits and vegetables. From purple string beans to golden watermelons and much much more.
And, if you happen to be anywhere near Santa Rosa, September 13-15, 2011 you can stop in at the National Heirloom Exposition which is going on at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. There are all sorts of unusual heirloom fruits and vegetables on display. You can find all the details at http://theheirloomexpo.com/
Want to learn to make your own Edible Vegetable Bouquet?
In the video on this page I mention adding the flower looking slices of Armenian cucumber to an edible vegetable bouquet like the one in the photo above. You can find my video instructions showing exactly how to make a vegetable bouquet like this one on my Shop page. This DVD is available separately or as part of my Vegetable and Fruit Carving 101 Course for Beginners.
Now you know when cucumbers are actually melon, you know why Armenian cucumbers and interesting and you know how you can get some or grow some yourself.