Ok my husband and kids LOVE bread and butter pickles, I don’t normally grow cukes because I don’t like them fresh and rarely eat them pickled but the pickled peppers I made last year are SOOOO good and my family is eating a large number of pickles now so I want to grow some.
The local greenhouse has these varieties listed in their catalog:
( * is heirloom)
So if those were your only choices what would you grow for bread and butter pickles? What is your #1 pickle not on the list?
I personally would grow which ever heirloom produce a pickle about 4-5 inches long. And if I had the money and space, I would try at least two each year until I found the one I love.
That is the great thing about growing from seed, you get to try so many different varieties. Also, you get to resow your own seeds. I will go with a hybrid if it tastes better but I won’t go with hybrids just for production. I grow a green ice hybrid lettuce from burbee which I really love.
I grow Sumter Pickling Cucumber personally, very happy. I would be happy to send you some seed if available. If you would like seed, send me direct email and we can set up a swap.
Best of Luck
I thought cukes just grew and grew and grew… I want to try a few like I do with toms and peppers, I just don’t know where to start since I don’t really eat cukes or pickles.
I would love to try some of your summer pickling cucumbers if you can save some seed this year.
@Tash, the only other thing I know to do with cucumbers is to slice thin and put in water and make…. cucumber water. It actually tastes great.
However, if you don’t like cukes or pickles, I say try something you will like. Life is too short to grow crops you won’t use.
Best of Luck…
My family will use them. My kids LOVE pickles, and my husband likes B&B pickles on sandwiches.
oh and the reason I was looking at the greenhouse plants instead of seed is my youngest was born just before Halloween so I didn’t start anything from seed this year like I normally do. I bought a few pepper plants and put them in some open spaces in my herb garden, tomatoes I will just buy this year for processing (last year I started over 100 toms from seed).
Congrats on the new baby!!! Sounds like you will get to try a new variety no matter what this year.
Since I usually plant cucs in containers, I have tried spacemaster and they make good 3-4 inch pickling cucs.