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 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′ spacing in 6′ rows. May also be direct sown when soil is warm. Young cucumber plants benefit from floating row cover to protect them from insects and frost.
To save seed, scoop out seeds when the fruit is bloated like a yellow blimp. Leave in bucket and allow to ferment for a few days. Rinse and let seeds dry. Winnow to clean further if needed. Isolate from other varieties of the same species by at least ½ mile.