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Prickly, curvy cucumbers??

Post  jillschmill on 6/29/2010, 2:09 pm

This is the first year I planted what I think were Burpless cucumbers. They've grown well, but they are VERY prickly (I can't pick them without gloves) and they are quite curved (they look somewhere between a parenthesis and a "C"). I picked one, peeled it, and it tasted good, but I want to ask some questions before I harvest more. They are coming fast!

1) Are they supposed to look like this?
2) Can I eat them without peeling them? And if so, HOW??

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Post  kimbertangleknot on 6/29/2010, 2:12 pm

I've had a few prickly cukes from the mother-in-law. I just use a wash cloth and hold the cuke under the water to get the pricks out. Up to you if you want to then peel or not. I usually don't, or if I do, I peel it so it looks more like a star (leave some of the peel off and on), I peel fully for creamed cukes if the skin is a bit more tough. It is normal for cukes to curve, so don't freak out about that. Not everything in nature is perfect Very Happy

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Post  jillschmill on 6/29/2010, 2:55 pm

Do they possibly just need to grow a little longer? I am a bit unsure about how to know when to harvest. They are already about 8 inches long, but only about an inch and a quarter in diameter.
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Post  Megan on 6/29/2010, 4:55 pm

The cucumbers my parents grew when I was a kid were just like that. I think we peeled them but I was pretty small at the time. The leaves on those, and the squash etc., were all very prickly too.
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Post  LaFee on 6/29/2010, 5:42 pm

Those were the kind my gramma made into pickles.

We ate the straight smooth ones raw at the table (with a little mayonnaise, or a little vinegar and sugar, yum) and the curvy prickly ones went into jars. Don't know why or what varieties she grew, but that was the rule.

Not very technical, but hope it helps.

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Post  cherriesjubilee on 6/29/2010, 6:27 pm

My cucumbers are exactly like yours. They curve, and they are prickly. I am eating them, not pickling them.

I take them to the sink, wear gloves, and rub the prickly spots off them. Then I peel and eat. Hope this helps.
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Post  buttaflie143 on 7/1/2011, 9:59 am

Mine are very prickly and are growing in the strangest shapes. Am I doing something wrong?

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Re: Prickly, curvy cucumbers??

Post  camprn on 7/1/2011, 10:41 am

@buttaflie143 wrote:Mine are very prickly and are growing in the strangest shapes. Am I doing something wrong?
That is normal. When you pick them use garden gloves if you like and just rub your fingers over it and the little spikes will come off, you do not have to skin them if they are small.
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Post  Cincinnati on 7/1/2011, 10:45 am

Prickly is a genetic characteristic.

Are you growing on a trellis? When I grew them on the ground, I got lots of unique shapes. THis year I put them on a trellis. Most are nearly straight to slightly curved.

How do they taste?


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Post  FamilyGardening on 7/1/2011, 11:14 am

they look yummy to me!

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Re: Prickly, curvy cucumbers??

Post  acara on 7/1/2011, 11:34 am

Completely normal in my experience with them;
















But regardless of shape .... they all come out the same way....Yummy !!!

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Re: Prickly, curvy cucumbers??

Post  pattipan on 7/1/2011, 11:35 am

Heat stress, lack of water during the initial growth of the fruit and lack pollination can cause misshapen cucumbers. Make sure you water once a day during hot temps. Cucumbers are made up of over 90% water, so they need it to develop fully. Mulch with straw or something similar around the base of the vines to conserve moisture in the soil.

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Re: Prickly, curvy cucumbers??

Post  buttaflie143 on 7/1/2011, 11:55 am

thanks everyone,
It has been extremely hot and I have been trying to water everyday, but some days there was forecasted rain that never came and I didn't water waitiing for it. I learned my lesson, rather have too much than not enough.
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Post  1orangething on 7/1/2011, 5:10 pm

You have some unique shapes going on !! Mine are coming out very prickly too - but they taste so good.
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