This variety was bred decades ago at the Michigan Agriculture Experiment Station (can we bring these back, please?) in collaboration with the National Pickle Packers Association. Pickle packers requested a cucumber that would not have tapered ends, so that every pickle jar could be more completely filled, giving consumers an extra bite or two of goodness from every pickle. The result was National Pickling Cucumber, and it exceeded their expectations. Blunt, thick cucumbers up to 6" long are only slightly tapered at the ends. Dark green with black spines, the fruits are delicious at any age. Pick them at 2-3" for gherkins, or at 4" for fresh eating as slicers. They deliver heavy yields all season long. Plant vines can be trellised or allowed to sprawl along the ground. This is the pickle that perfectly fills every jar with its thick tips and crisp, delectable flavour. 55 days to maturity.
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