Cucumber, White Heron (Organic)
Cucumis sativus. Slicing. 50-60 days.
White Heron slicing cucumbers are similar to True Lemon but with a classic slicer shape and lighter white color. Fruit are best harvested under 5” long, when thin skin is still tender enough to make peeling unnecessary. We like to harvest them when the stem end of the fruit just starts to turn pale yellow. Also good for pickles when harvested even smaller. Highly productive and great taste, too. Said to have some resistance to downy mildew. A family heirloom variety originally from Seed Savers Exchange member Keith Herron of New York, and introduced commercially in 2017 by our friends at Southern Exposure Seed Exchange.
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.