Cucumber, Parisian Pickling
- Fruit has dark green color
- Used for gherkins
This variety will grow well in most regions of the United States.
Cucumber, Parisian Pickling Description
This petite heirloom cucumber originated in France and was used in the late 1800s to manufacture gherkins, also known as cornichons. It was listed as a seed variety for American gardeners in 1892 by James J. H. Gregory of Marblehead, Massachusetts.
The diversity of cucumbers observed in India may point to it as the location where cucumbers were first domesticated. Cucumbers are mentioned in the ancient epic Gilgamesh as well as in the Bible. The ancient Greeks and Romans grew cucumbers, as well but they were probably smaller than what we grow today.
Spanish explorers brought cucumbers to Haiti in the late 15th century. English and European settlers in North America noted cucumbers growing in their gardens as early as 1630.
Learn to Grow it
This crop can be direct seeded into the soil after the last spring frost. You can also start plants indoors 3-6 weeks before the last frost date.
If you are direct seeding, plant in groups of 2-3 seeds and keep the healthiest plant that matures. Space your plants or seeds 12-18 inches apart and plant 1/2-1 in. deep.
Make sure that your soil is well fertilized as this crop is a heavy feeder and takes a lot of nutrients from the soil. Consider adding compost to the soil the year before you plant.
These plants prefer warm weather and soil so they should be grown when temperatures are over 68 degrees F. You should avoid watering them from above as damp leaves may be susceptible to disease.