[Snake Cucumber / Melon, Uri (Japan), Metki, Mikti (Near East), Wild Cucumber (commercial), Cucumis melo var. flexuosus]
Market size varies widely from 6 inches long and 1-1/4 inches diameter to 21 inches long and 2-1/2 inches diameter but they can grow to a yard long and over 3 inches in diameter. They are very much like a cucumber in structure and in taste, if raw. The skin is very thin and tender and is almost never peeled. Smaller sizes are often pickled and the resulting pickles have a rather different flavor from cucumber pickles.
Armenian cucumbers are seasonally available fresh in Southern California (May to July) and are grown as a garden vegetable in Florida and other suitable areas, but I understand they're almost impossible to find fresh in Armenia. Pickled they can be found in any market serving a Western Asian or Near Eastern community. They're usually packed in Lebanon or surrounding regions and labeled "Mikti" or "Wild Cucumber". The front photo specimen was 12 inches long (uncut), 2 inches diameter and weighed 14-5/8 ounces. The middle one was 14-1/2 inches long (if straight) 1-3/4 inches diameter and weighed 10-1/8 ounces.
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These melons are often used raw in salads as cucumbers would be used. The
skin is extremely thin and is almost never peeled.
Melons chosen for pickles are generally around 6-1/2 inches long by 3/4 inch in diameter, as are the photo specimens from Lebanon. Some brands choose slightly larger melons and cut off the tips to fit the jar. The flavor is sharp and more minerally than cucumber pickles.
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