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cuke ripe?

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by foothill ellie on July 11, 2006 04:37 AM
I have planted 'straight eights' for the first time; how do I tell when they are ripe enough to pick. My assumption is when the stem end starts to turn a lighter shade, if that's correct, how far up the cuke should the lighter color extend before picking?
by Stuspot on July 11, 2006 06:21 AM
If I recall correctly, "straight eights" are pickleing cukes, yes? If they are, and I think they are what I had last year, I believe you can harvest your cukes when they are the length you desire for the pickles you're making. I took some last year and made baby dills--they weren't even 3 inches long. Others I took at about the length they'd need to be to fit whole in my small jars. Some I let grow a bit longer and then made the infamous Green Pickles out of them. So in my opinion, it just depends on what you want to use them for.
by foothill ellie on July 11, 2006 07:05 AM
That is pretty much what I thought too. Straight Eights are for slicing and can be used for making dill pickles. Thank you.
P.S. do you have a good receipe for dill pickles?

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