Tar Kakdi (Pronounced”Kak-a-dee”) is a Cucumis melo var. flexuous from India. While this variety looks much like an Armenian cucumber, they are not. This is my experience from growing them twice in 2023. These are much more consistently slender and long. These have much shorter fine fuzz. The Tar Kakdi require a much longer growing season and healthy soil. There are many different populations and sources of this seed. I grew out five different Indian sources of this variety this last summer and was only able to save a very little amount of seed.While I had a lot of success with growing them to fruit, I had great difficulty acquiring seed as I accidentally put disease-laden compost onto my first crop and I was too late with growing my second crop.
This listing is NOT currently for sale, but it looks as if Baker Creek Seeds is selling it – though I have no idea how it will turn out. My feelings about Baker Creek are very mixed (see the picture of myself and Jere Gettle) but I will give them the benefit of the doubt in that they are working to maintain rare indigenous varieties. I wish each of you the very best in your upcoming season! Here is the link to this variety from Baker Creek: https://www.rareseeds.com/cucumber-indian-snake