PUCCINI: New Cucumber Is Seedless, Prolific And Expensive

PUCCINI: New Cucumber Is Seedless, Prolific And Expensive
PUCCINI: New Cucumber Is Seedless, Prolific  And Expensive
PUCCINI is a seedless cucumber that fetches a high price. The whole fruit can be munched like you do an apple.

Meet Puccini, the new cucumber variety from Allied Botanical Corporation which is seedless and very expensive. In the language of botanists, Puccini is parthenocarpic. That means it forms fruits even without pollination of the ovules. So it is seedless.

The dark green fruits are about 3/4-inch in diameter and 2.5-3 inches long. It can be eaten as fresh fruit right after picking, munching it like you do an apple. Or you can slice the fruit in the same way you prepare other cucumber varieties. It can also be pickled. Fruits are not readily available in the supermarkets because the limited production still goes to high-end hotels and restaurants.

Seeds are expensive at P25 each. But then one plant can produce as many as five kilos starting at 35 days from planting. It is prolific. Fruits appear practically in every node.

The fruits fetch a high price, ranging from P150 to P200 per kilo. Thus one plant could produce P600 to P1,000 worth of fruits, according to Rowena Bienes of Allied Botanical.

  

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