Armenian cucumbers are popping up in American gardens more and more, which is very exciting because they are delicious and easy to grow. These funny-looking, light green, floppy “cucumbers” are not really cucumbers at all. They may resemble super-long cucumbers in appearance and taste, but they are actually members of the muskmelon family. Armenian cucumbers taste a lot like a combination of a crispy cucumber and a fresh, sweet-ish melon. They are truly special.
Because these fruits are so cool and refreshing, they are very popular in Armenia and other middle eastern locations. Most often, Armenian cucumbers are mixed into a garlicky yogurt sauce and served alongside grilled foods or as a light, healthy snack. This recipe for traditional Armenian jajukh combines all of the best elements of sweet, salty, briny, and refreshing flavors to result in a simple, tasty salad that can be enjoyed by all.
1 Armenian cucumber (make sure to remove the skin and scrape out the seeds) or English cucumber
2 Tbsp Greek or Bulgarian yogurt
1 small clove of garlic, minced
2 tsp. fresh mint or 1 tsp dried mint
Pinch of salt
Mix together all ingredients in a large serving bowl. Season with salt, chill in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes, and serve.