A & C Pickling Cucumber
Also known as Ace. Uniformly straight 10" fruits hold their dark-green color for a long time. Very productive and a good choice for pickling, as the name suggests. Excellent variety for home or market gardens. Best picked when 4-6" long. Introduced in 1928 by Abbott & Cobb of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
- 50-55 days
- ±1,100 seeds/oz
- Uniform, 10 inch fruits
- Very productive
This variety works for:
- Fresh eating
Cucumbers are most often used raw and are perfect in salads. Some chefs prefer to peel the skin off the fruit as it can be bitter.
Cucumbers pair well with mint an dill, which can be added directly to your salad or to dressings. Cucumber and mint can also be added to smoothies and juice. Tatziki sauce is made from shredded cucumber, yogurt, and dill.
Pickling cucumbers, however, are best for preserving in a solution of vinegar, salt, sugar, spices, and water. You can create countless number of combinations for your pickles to use on sandwiches, as a relish, or eaten as side dish.
Instructions - When growing plants on a trellis, space seed 6-8" apart and thin plants as necessary; train plants to climb the trellis with an initial guidance. Alternatively, make 12" hills at least 6' apart. Plant 6-8 cucumber seeds per hill 1" deep. After germination, thin to 3-4 plants per hill. Can also be started indoors 2-4 weeks before last frost. Cucumbers benefit from steady moisture.
- Direct Seed: 1" Deep
- Seeds to Hill: 6-8 Seeds
- Thin: To 3-4 Plants
- Light: Full Sun
Ratings & Reviews
Perfect for pickling
Great for slicing and pickling!
Have been growing these for a few years now and my family and I absolutely love them! Great flavor when sliced and excellent for pickling.
Make Great pickles
by Erma Dee
These make excellant dill pickles either as whole.halfs,spears or slices. I grow them on a bean tower or string trellis. Production is good to plentiful.
Favorite of all
I grew 9 varieties of SeedSavers cucumbers this year and started them all outside in zone 5b on composted cattle manure. A&C were by far my favorite. Prolific, uniform, dark green. Little babies tasted great, and large cucumbers never became bitter, watery, or too ‘seedy.’ I used these a ton for all sorts of pickles and while I was busy keeping up with the other 8 varieties (many of them spoiling or getting too large and then being fed to the ewes), this one I never let meet that fate! I did not let them get quite so large as in the photo here on the website, but picked anywhere from 4” for pickles to about 6-8” for snacking/salads.