Tasty King Oriental Cucumber

60-70 days. An oriental-type, hybrid Cucumber direct from Japan, Tasty King produces loads of great tasting, burpless Cucumbers that are amazingly long. Imagine that: they can grow to 18" long but still stay thin, remaining less than 2" thick. To obtain these wondrously long, straight Cucumbers, grow the vigorous vines on a strong trellis so that the fruits can hang down. These very dark, thin-skinned beauties have a small seed cavity and thick, crisp and delicious flesh. Tasty King is best when picked at an immature stage of about 12" to use for pickling, tossed salads and marinated Cucumber salads. (Whisk together white rice wine vinegar, a splash of sesame oil, a sprinkling of sugar and salt and pepper. Add sliced Tasty King, marinate for 15 minutes and chill. Deliciously refreshing with spicy beef, chicken and shrimp sate.) (F1.)

One packet of about 25 seeds
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Warmth-loving Cucumbers may be grown as transplants, sown indoors 2 weeks before the last spring frost date, or direct-sown well after all threat of frost has passed and when the soil has warmed up to 50°F. Harvest with a sharp blade regularly to promote abundant production before seed cavities swell, when the Cucumbers are small and thin-skinned. Cucumber vines creep stealthily, so take care to avoid garden traffic jams. They are successfully trellised vertically thanks to prolific spiraling tendrils. Some varieties are parthenocarpic and seedless, meaning pollination is unnecessary, while most have seeds and require pollination for flower and fruit development. About 90% water, Cucumbers are rich in Vitamin C, beta-carotene and manganese, and yield antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. We love Renny Darling's Cucumber and Chive Soup with Lemon and Dill and our Asian-inspired Refreshing Cucumber Salad. It's fun to slice off the ends and hollow them out as little cups for cold Cucumber soup. Deer resistant.

Average seed life: 3 years.
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