MEET a new cucumber we saw at the experimental farm of Allied Botanical in Tayug, Pangasinan which we visited on Feb. 1, 2016, three days before the start of the open house.
The varietal name is |Addison but it is also popularly called Lebanese cucumber. It is unique in its own way. The fruits are as long as one foot, seedless, and does not need any pollinator because it is parthenocarpic. It means it bears fruit without need for any pollinator.
According to Rowena Bienes, senior staff of the company, flowers come out practically in every node and these develop into fruits. The fruits are crisp and juicy. That is why it is good for making cucumber juice. But of course it can be used in making salads and other preparations.
The Allied Botanical open house starts on Feb. 3 for invited guests. Then the event is open to the public on Feb. 5-7.Many interesting varieties and techniques are showcased at the annual open house of the company.