We grew this for two main reasons: 1. My husband is allergic to cucumbers -- and THIS cuke is actually in the melon family, so he can, and does, enjoy them. 2. I figured that if they're from the Middle East, they must be able to grow in high heat. Here in Northern CA summer days peak at over 100 degrees all too often. These cucumbers handled the heat with aplomb. DO be aware that these guys grow HUGE very QUICKLY. Some weighed more than 10 lbs! Happily, I discovered that at this stage they COOK UP WELL, like summer squash. I will always grow these.