Eel River Melon (Crane)

Cucumber / Melon (ARK HEIRLOOM)
SEEDED: March 8, 2012 (QTY 15)
GERMINATED:
TRANSPLANTED:

Last summer we had a mystery cucumber which Uprising Seeds is speculating could have been a melon. They have sent us these seeds to see if they are one in the same. Here is a photo Mike Jacobe took of the cucumber/melon which we called the Cuczuc because it had the flavor of a cucumber and the texture of a zucchini. I really do hope this is it, because we loved it- either way I think we are in for a treat!

This variety was brought to our attention by Tom and Maud Powell of Wolf Gulch Farm as their favorite melon. Eel River dates back to the 1900’s and from there it has a rather muddled history….was it brought back from Japan after WWII in a pocket or introduced by Old Man Crane? Fun to speculate but what we do know is that they are similar to Crenshaw type melons, 3-5 lbs, slightly teardrop shaped, and yellow/buff colored with green speckles. Incredibly aromatic orange flesh is very creamy and deliciously sweet. Best suited to warmer microclimates of the PNW…go on, give it a go!

80-90 days.

Marketmore 76

Cucumber
SEEDED: March 7, 2012 (1/2 tray)
GERMINATED: march 23
TRANSPLANTED:

When we hear the phrase “market standard” in a seed catalogue description, we generally cover our ears and run the other way in search of something better or more unusual. Marketmore is one case of – if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. The standard for OP slicer cukes for years and still going strong, this is the first variety we grew and, having trialed others, is the one we always come back to. Reliably productive with attractively long sweet, high quality fruit, its everything we hope for in a slicing cuke.
60-65 days

75 days.

Shintokiwa

Cucumber
SEEDED: March 7, 2012 (1/2 tray)
GERMINATED: march 24
TRANSPLANTED:

Shintokiwa cucumber is the winner of our cucumber flavor trials to date. Smooth skinned, long and slender like an English cuke, sweet, crisp and juicy with no bitterness. To top it all, wonderfully productive. Trellis for straight 9-12” cukes or let sprawl for mostly straight and some decidedly unique in shape. Harvest on the thinner side for what we consider the most delicious taste. Stock seed from Turtle Tree. In our experience far superior in productivity and uniformity than the more ubiquitous “Suyo Long”.

75 days.

Muncher

Cucumber
1. SEEDED: January 13, 2012 (QTY 50 *2011 seeds)
TRANSPLANTED: March 7 (QTY 12 in N3)
HARVESTED:
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2. SEEDED: March 8, 2012 (QTY 50 *2011 seeds)
GERMINATED:
HARVESTED:

At the Far West Greenhouse Trade Show in Portland I was given these seeds. The man from Livingston Seed, Co. said they were his very, very favorite cucumber. We shall see…. I can see a taste test in our future!

Nearly spineless, medium green burpless fruit.
Six to nine inches long.
It can be pickled when young.
Muncher can also be eaten like an apple when larger.
Maturity: Approx. 62 days