Cucumbers need no introduction, but their can be some confusion about different types of cukes – slicers, burpless, seedless, pickling, Armenian, parthenocarpic, gynecoecous – it’s enough to make your head spin.

At Karl’s Farm we grow pickling cukes and slicing cukes. The main differences between the two are size and moisture content. The pickling cukes are smaller (to fit in a jar) and have less moisture so that the pickling brine is taken up better and not diluted. Slicing cukes are longer and juicier. For most things it doesn’t matter which one you choose but it is better not to pickle slicing cucumbers and I actually prefer pickling cukes for dishes like cucumber salad and tzatziki – because there is less water to draw out you can often skip the salting and draining step.


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