Homemade Pickles: A Cucumber of Worthy Intent

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Homemade Pickles cucumbers

homemade pickles cukes, a great choice for homegrown pickling cucumbersA good pickle is worth its weight in apricot jam (another favorite of mine), but it takes a great cucumber to make a good pickle. After years of trying every pickling cucumber seed known to home gardeners, I finally discovered a cuke worthy of its name and purpose. Say hello to the Homemade Pickles cucumber. Yep that’s its name, Homemade Pickles.

Homemade pickles, a cucumber varietyCucumbers can be a fussy lot, needing the right everything to produce a good crop of high quality and uniform fruit. Homemade Pickle fits the bill and then some, topping my list for firmness, flavor, vigor, productivity and general awesomeness. Whether grown for bread-and-butter, sweet slices, kosher dills or relish, Homemade Pickles is at home in the garden, the canning jar, lunch box or sidled up to a mile-high Reuben.

Update 9/27/2012: Check here for information on growing non-bitter cucumbers:

homemade pickles: crisp, crunchy, flavorful pickling cucumber

Video: Up Close and Personal With My Favorite Cucumber

Seed Sources: Botanical Interests, Heirloom Seeds, Peaceful Valley Organics, Territorial Seed, Victory Seeds,

 

15 COMMENTS

  1. We’ve had mixed luck with our cukes this year. Our persnickety pickling cucumbers will not be planted again, but I’ve noted this variety, and will definitely give it a try next season. Yours look like they’ll make positively perfect pickles (and the plants look really healthy too)!

  2. Thanks Tom. I too have had nothing but fuss trying to grow a good crop of pickles..er well cuc’s. I’ll keep this variety in mind for next season.

    -Luke

  3. Ya know, this works to my advantage. You have the season of growth during our dormant period and I get ideas for the spring vegie patch. I am still searching for an Aussie supplier for this variety, even if I am unable to source it I thank you for the show and tell. Cuddles for the savage wolves.

  4. Thank you Tom for the recommendationon for cucumbers. I love pickles and making pickles. Would you be willing to post your recipe for dill pickles? I have read so many brine recipe versions regarding salt/vinegar/water ratios, each tuned for taste, preventing bad bacteria, crunchiness, color, etc.

  5. You are so right, it is hard to come by. The store bought varieties just don’t cut it. My grandmother made the best “bread n butter” pickles in Mississippi and I sure do miss them. I need to venture out of the rose garden and scratch out a little place for some cukes and tomatoes… I have been told that not to do so, is very un-southern… Great video!

  6. An outstanding share! I’ve just forwarded this onto a coworker who had been doing a little research on this. And he actually bought me breakfast simply because I stumbled upon it for him… lol. So let me reword this…. Thanks for the meal!! But yeah, thanx for spending time to discuss this subject here on your web site.

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