This variety is an Italian strain from Abruzzi on the Adriatic coast, slicing cucumber, 65 days.
Light-green, ridged cucumber-like fruit are prolific with a mild flavor that is never bitter. Thin skin does not need to be peeled. Known commonly as Armenian cucumber in North America. Tortarello Abruzzese Bianco produces high yields and one-of-a-kind style. When sliced, ridges on the surface produce pretty cross sections that look like flowers with petals. Armenian cucumber is the same species as cantaloupe and when very ripe the fruit takes on an orange hue and light melon aroma.
Best enjoyed when small, 12” or shorter, but can also grow 2’ or longer. May be trellised for straighter fruit, but the very long vines will grow without complaint on the ground as well.
Planting instructions: Warm weather crop. Sow indoors in 2” pots with good potting soil May to mid June. Two weeks after sprouting, transplant to 2′ spacing in 6′ rows. May also be direct sown when soil is warm. Young cucumber plants benefit from floating row cover to protect them from insects and frost