What are the pros? Grew well
What are the cons? Bitter, misshapen, too large
Every year I try another pickling variety instead of Boston Pickling, and every year I wish I had just grown the Bostons again. These started out promising, grew well and the first few cukes came off the perfect size for pickling whole, but after a few weeks the vines weren't producing that many and the ones that did grow were horribly misshapen. Four out of five were either pinched in the middle with an hourglass shape or grew round like an plum so they were useless for pickling. If I left them on the plant a few days longer hoping they would fill out in the middle, then they grew too big and were useless. Most of them were simply too big or oddly shaped to even fit in a quart jar. Overall too bitter for fresh eating so it seemed like a lot of these were wasted. Sadly I have a lot of the seeds left since they were 2 for 1 when I bought them at the Petaluma store.
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