Cucumber, Mideast Peace (Organic)

Cucumis sativus. Slicing. 50-60 days.

Middle Eastern/Mediterranean type cucumber – bright green skin, smooth, mild flavor – with amazing sweet flavor, texture, productivity and appearance. Nobody needs to grow the American type of cucumber – dark-green, bumpy, prone to bitterness – when there are delicious gems like this. Thin, light-green skin is remarkably tender yet durable. The 6-7″ cucumbers can be harvested small for pickling or sized up for salad and slicing. Early production and prolific even in cool weather. One interesting trait of Middle Eastern types is that they keep very well and taste great even when the skin gets a little wrinkled. A selection developed by Dr. Alan Kapuler of Peace Seeds in Corvallis, Oregon.

Sow indoors in 2” pots with good potting soil May to mid June. Two weeks after sprouting, transplant to 2 ft centers and 6 ft rows. May also be direct sown when soil is warm. Cucumber plants benefit from floating row cover to protect them from insects and frost while plants are young.

Seed Saving

To save seed, scoop out seeds when the fruit is bloated like a yellow blimp. Rinse off and let dry. Isolate from other varieties of the same species by at least ½ mile.

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