Cucumber Seeds - Early Fortune
- 30 Seeds
- 55-60 Days from Planting/Transplanting
- Grows up to 8 inches
- Dark Green,
- Shiny Skin Mild Flavor
- Long Shelf Life
- Resilient to Humidity
- Best for Pickling and Canning
History: Early Fortune, as its name suggests, was an early boon to many gardeners and farmers. This variety was a turning point in cucumber cultivation, offering attributes that outshone many of its contemporaries. Historically, it was revered for its durability, aesthetic, and more importantly, its taste. Its impressive shelf life, combined with its resilience to climatic changes, especially humidity, solidified its status as a sought-after heirloom variety.
Uses: While the Early Fortune Cucumber can be consumed fresh due to its mild flavor and fine-grained flesh, it truly excels when pickled or canned. The cucumber's robust skin ensures that the flesh remains crisp and maintains its mild taste even after pickling. This means jars filled with Early Fortune pickles stand the test of time without losing their authentic cucumber essence. It's no wonder they're a favorite addition to many pantries, both past and present.
Growing Habits & Planting Instructions: Early Fortune Cucumbers flourish when provided with full sunlight and nutrient-rich, well-drained soil. Seeds should be sown about 1 inch deep, ensuring a gap of 12 inches between them in rows spaced 4-6 feet apart. Despite its old-fashioned growth tendencies, it has the perk of maturing just in time for pickling and canning seasons. Regular watering ensures juicy flesh, but make sure not to overwater as it might make the cucumbers taste watery. Support structures like trellises can be beneficial, promoting healthier growth and making harvesting easier.