Monday, 22 December 2008

Cucumbers called Bari

Cucumbers

Chook asked me about the varieties of cucumbers we are growing after I commented that we had more bees in the garden last year when we had an Anise Hyssop growing in near the cucumbers. Last year we grew Richmond Green  from Diana & Beit Alpha from seed. This year we have grown Richmond Green, Armenia & Bari (seeds from Kate - named after the village in Italy where they come from) cucumbers. The Bari cucumber is a hairy oval shaped cucumber with a nice flavour & crisp texture. Bari cucumbers tend to wander along the ground more than wanting to climb. Kate wrote about this cucumber here. A  gentleman  she met wanted us to grow and save the seed from his homeland because it is such a prolific, wonderful cucumber. So the cycle continues with people & seeds & good food & fun & seed saving. Please read Kate’s article about Bari cucumbers.

Maybe you have grown a similar cucumber in your part of the world

Cucumbers

 

11 comments:

Maggie said...

Do stories ever end read the last comment attached to Kate's article, someone with the same surname of the Radogna family also from Bari.
And Michael Radogna has requested the seeds so he can grow them and pass them on to his family.
I hope I have all the facts right please correct me if I am wrong. We are actually working in the garden to add some fencing for our other cucumbers to climb on.

Kate said...

Hey Maggie did you look at the photos on that piece I wrote about the Bari cucumbers? It is exactly like those that you have on your vine.... so they didn't cross with something... Silvio just didn't tell me they start off hairy!

Kate said...

I didn't send any to Michael Radogna because I was worried about them getting confiscated in the USA postal system and we don't have enough to risk losing some. But when we have more of the seeds I promised to send him some...

Maggie said...

Is any one else in the group growing these cucumbers and saving the seed?

Maggie said...

We planted the 3 types of cucumbers close together are they likely to cross pollinate?

Kate said...

YES, they will DEFINITELY cross!

Sadly I don't have any growing ....what a failure I am in so many ways.

But next summer I will have them and save them from then on.

Kate said...

But if you can save the seed from any that flowered before any of your other cucumbers flowered then they will be fine.

Maggie said...

We still have some Bari seeds left so we can grow them next year. The Armenian flowered first, so we shall see what we get.

Rachel said...

Do you like the Armenian cukes, Maggie? I'm intrigued by their description and picture in the Diggers catalogues, but as yet haven't ordered.

I'm growing Mini Whites in a styrofoam box in my backyard; practical limitations dictate plants labelled "mini", "dwarf" and "bush" where possible, but they looked cute, too.

Maggie said...

The Armenian cucumbers were great we shall grow them again this year.

Laura said...

I am growing these Bari cucs this year in France and after doing some research it would appear that they are genetically melon Cucumis Melo rather than cucumber. I am letting you know here because it will affect your seed saving. I am not sure and I am looking for confirmation but most sources I've found seem to categorose them as melon see my full post http://www.masdudiable.com/A55C37/mdd.nsf/dx/cucumber-bari.htm?opendocument&comments#anc1

Armenian Cucumbers are Cucumis Melo.