Poona Kheera cucumbers, botanically classified as Cucumis sativus, are a rare heirloom variety belonging to the Cucurbitaceae family. Poona Kheera cucumbers are widely used in Indian cuisine as a cooling element to balance spicy and sour flavors. The cucumbers are unique from other varieties as they can be used at any stage of maturity. The best thing about Poona Keera is that it will never, ever get bitter. This cucumber looks like a large russet potato with a russet brown color. It is very tender, crisp, juicy and delicious. It turns from white to golden yellow, then to russet brown.
|Category||Vegetables Vines and Climbers|
|Plant Spacing||22-30 cm|
|Seed Type||Open Pollinated|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun|
|Bloom Time||Late Spring/Early Summer Mid Summer|
|Bloom Colour||Gold (yellow-orange)|
|Soil pH requirements||6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic), 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)|
- Poona Kheera cucumbers are an excellent source of potassium, which is an electrolyte that can help maintain body fluids and lower blood pressure.
- The cucumbers also contain vitamins A and C, which can help boost the immune system and reduce inflammation and provide some minerals such as magnesium, manganese, iron and phosphorus.
- Needs abundant soil moisture and rich soil.
- Some afternoon shade is beneficial in hottest summer weather.
- Trellis growing saves space.
- Harvest frequently to maintain production.