I have grown this variety for several years. It is never bitter, and doesn’t need to be peeled. I received what I ordered from Pinetree with no problem.
Once you grow Armenian, you will want to grow it year after year after year. Makes the best sweet or dill relish you are apt to taste anywhere except home made. Excellent for hot dogs, or for your food truck, or the refreshment stand at school.
I've ordered this item for years from Pinetree. It does well growing here in the Upper Midwest, zone 4 (zone 3 pre-2012 ). What I enjoy most is the eatin' - this 'Armenian' strain is very much preferred over 'Armenian' able to be had at big-box stores. The latter ones have darker-green skin that make their 'Armenian', sometimes also referred to as 'Striped Serpent', much worse than Pinetree's strain; the darker skin is much more fibrous, bitter, & tough than the pale-skin one sold here. The lighter one somehow is more refreshing in summer than most cukes, If there's one thing I must have from Pinetree it's 'Armenian'.
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.