Parisian Pickling Cucumber
Also known as Improved Bourbonne, this dark-green cucumber with firm, thick flesh and inconspicuous seeds is suitable for pickling or slicing. An historic French variety used in the late 1800s to manufacture gherkins (cornichons). Listed in 1892 by James J. H. Gregory of Marblehead, Massachusetts.
- 70 days
- ±1,000 seeds/oz
- Dark green skin
- Used for gherkins
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 - Sow seeds outdoors in 12" diameter hills after the last frost when soil is warm. Space hills 6' apart in all directions. Can also be started indoors 2-4 weeks before the last frost for an earlier harvest. Cucumbers benefit from consistent moisture. Provide support for vines to save space.
- Direct Seed: 1" Deep
- Seeds to Hill: 6-8 Seeds
- Thin: To 3-4 Plants
- Light: Full Sun
Ratings & Reviews
My favorite picking cucumber, tender and consistent with great yeild and abundance throughout the season.