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Persian cucumbers reach isles

By Joan Namkoong

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Nov 07, 2012

~~<p>Cute, crunchy and snack-friendly &mdash; these are the new Keiki Cukes appearing at supermarkets. Called Persian cucumbers, they are about 6 inches long, about half the size of a regular cucumber, and slender, thin-skinned and sized for eating out of hand without slicing. Of course, you can slice one or two into 1-inch rounds for a salad without any leftover half to worry about.</p>
<p>Keiki Cukes are coming from greenhouses in Wai&shy;mea on Hawaii island, where farmer Vince Batha is employing a hydroponic system. Batha traveled to Canada where he was taken by this prolific variety that requires no pollination and takes about 14 weeks from seed to harvest. Keiki Cukes come in 1- and 2-pound packages.</p>
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Cute, crunchy and snack-friendly — these are the new Keiki Cukes appearing at supermarkets. Called Persian cucumbers, they are about 6 inches long, about half the size of a regular cucumber, and slender, thin-skinned and sized for eating out of hand without slicing. Of course, you can slice one or two into 1-inch rounds for a salad without any leftover half to worry about.

Keiki Cukes are coming from greenhouses in Wai­mea on Hawaii island, where farmer Vince Batha is employing a hydroponic system. Batha traveled to Canada where he was taken by this prolific variety that requires no pollination and takes about 14 weeks from seed to harvest. Keiki Cukes come in 1- and 2-pound packages. Login for more...



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