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hi 
so. 
As I mentioned before it’s my 1st year growing so I have a query 
how do I know when my cuke are ready to eat 
this is a passanda 
do I have to look for something particular ?? 


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  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 5,644
    If it's Passandra, they're a mini-cucumber and should be picked when about 4" long. If you leave them on the plant the crop will be reduced.
    Pick them when 4" and you'll get masses.

    I have one Cucino mini-cucumber in a 22L pot. I picked the 1st cue on 15 June and have so far harvested 31.
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  • purplerallimpurplerallim LincolnshirePosts: 2,793
    Wow Pete doing well. Mine were late in so only an inch long yet but lots on the plant so looking forward to picking.😁
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 5,644
    I'm very pleased to be getting so many, but the neighbours are already declining them and I don't know what to do with so many. I eat 3-4 a week, the rest are given to a neighbour's tortoises. At least they don't go to waste.
    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • purplerallimpurplerallim LincolnshirePosts: 2,793
    How about cucumber soup ready for the winter months.  Found this last year on Google. Works really well and very tasty, comes out like a chunky veg soup or can be pureed . See if you can find it . 😁
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 61,248
    Sweet cucumber pickle

    2lb cucumber
    1 large green pepper
    2 large onions
    2 oz salt

    ½ pt cider or wine vinegar
    8 oz soft brown sugar
    ½ tsp ground turmeric
    ¼ tsp ground cloves
    ½ tsp celery seeds
    1 dsp mustard seeds


    Wash cucumber but do not peel.
    Peel onions.
    De-seed pepper.

    Thinly slice all prepared vegetables and place in a large bowl.
    Add salt and mix well.
    Cover and leave to stand for at least 3 hours.
    Rinse vegetables well, in a colander, under running, cold water.
    Squeeze out as much liquid as possible.

    Place in a large pan, add vinegar and bring to the boil.
    Simmer until vegetables are soft, about 20 mins (well, I found it a bit longer).

    Add sugar and spices to the pan, stir to dissolve and boil for a further 10 mins.

    Pour hot pickle into hot, sterilized jars and cap immediately with sterilized lids .... then  hide it or your OH will eat it with every meal  chops
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  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 5,644
    Thanks pa. and Dove
    I used to love pickled 'anything' but I had duodenitis and gastritis a few years ago, so I'm not allowed anymore :( Looks like a lovely recipe Dove, I can almost taste them, maybe I'll suggest to my neighbours that they make some from my cue's and let me have just a little jar :)

    I'll have a google for cucumber soup, sounds like the sort of thing to have chilled on days like today and I do like Gazpacho 
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    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 61,248
    Oh Pete ... what a shame ... I love pickles  :'(
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  • purplerallimpurplerallim LincolnshirePosts: 2,793
    Here is a soup recipe 

  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 5,644
    I love pickles too Dove! but there's too much pain involved after eating them :(
    Even an orange can set it off. 

    Thanks pa - I'll give that soup a go, nice n easy.
    I'm just coming to the end of last year's home-grown soups.
    I turned 17 butternut squash into roasted bn soup and it's lovely. It has a hint of chili and could easily be used as a substitute for a coconut-based curry sauce in a Malasian or Indonesian curry with the addition of a few spices and a lot of garlic.
    Roast pepper soup and tomato soup (and numerous variations and combinations) all recently gone, but I see the first Sungold tomato is almost ready in the greenhouse, so the cycle is about to repeat.

    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • Blue OnionBlue Onion Posts: 1,958
    Find a neighbor with kids.. my family goes through 3-5 cucumbers a day in the summer.  My two boys love them.. and as one of the few veggies they enjoy, I load them up.  The neighbors chickens get any that I miss, and have grown too large to enjoy.  I just slice them in half and chuck them over the fence (with their permission, of course).  
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