Originating from Bangladesh, this pleasantly mild-flavoured, mid-sized cucumber has a triangular cross-section when cut. Remove the male flowers to avoid bitter fruits; which will begin to appear in July from an April sowing. For eating pick fruits when over 15cm long, they grow squat and stout rather than conventionally long and thin. Be sure to let the fruit fully ripen (to yellow or brown) or you won’t tell the difference between this and a normal cucumber, but grown under cover it’s easy, fruitful and relatively trouble free.
Thought to date back to 1930s this outdoor variety was originally supplied by Unwins seeds, but has been unavailable since 1993-94. A rampant grower, the fruit has been described as “an ugly brute”, however, the flesh is crisp and very sweet, even when large (up to 1kg in weight). “Bought cucumbers taste of only water after trying this one”, reported Seed Guardian, Ms Jane Pay.
An ex-commercial variety, originally from Suttons, but deleted from the National List in 1995. This variety produces fruits with sweet-flavoured, crunchy flesh and a thin, very pale green skin. Primarily a greenhouse cucumber, it can be grown outdoors in sheltered areas.