Cucumbers encumber man

A farmer carries cucumbers to sell in the markets of Allahabad, India. Photo: Jitendra Prakash with Reuters.



  1. In Hindi (and I think Urdu) they’re called kakri and are in the same genus as cucumber, taste like a cuke and are considered cukes for culinary purposes, but are not of the same species as a…um…proper cucumber. The wiki article linked below labels them Armenian Cucumbers…
    Would really love to try one of these, perhaps get my paws on some seeds. 

    Also, the wikiP on cucumbers is fascinating, well worth reading.

    1. Burpee has Armenian Cucumber seeds. Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds (they are the best!!!!) has other rare cucumber seeds too. Not sure if they have this variety.

    2. My family grows these just about every summer. They don’t taste much different than “normal” cucumbers. They have smaller seeds, though, and if you’re making a cucumber salad they’re really pretty because when you slice them they look like stars.

  2. I thought at first that these were one of the long varieties of Thai eggplant, shown here along with their smaller version.  I had some of the long green ones in my garden a few years ago, thought the taste better than the common Black Beauty eggplant.  But the larger pic shown past the front-page post shows the ridges, a tell for Armenian cucumbers.

  3. I look forward to the day BB presents us with a fine gentleman-about-the-internet puking on a cuke uke.

  4. A compelling argument in favor of RPGs whose encumbrance mechanics are based on item weight rather than item volume, methinks.

  5. Where I come from cucumbers don’t look like that! 

    Other than that, this picture should have the caption “Like a boss.” 

  6. That’s nothing. Tomorrow’s headline reads: Encumbered cucumber man cues Cumberland cook’s umbrage! I’m not sure I can handle the headline that comes after that one.

  7. Look at the photo of the man one more time. Imagine him walking along, the pile of cucumbers bouncing with each step, all in time with one of those equally bouncy big band tunes they used to play in old cartoons. I don’t know why that photo makes me think of old cartoons, but it does.

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