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Post  whompy 7/18/2013, 10:28 am

Hi-  1st year I've planted cucumbers (straight 8 variety).  The vine is growing like crazy, and i've got tons of cucumbers growing.  The first one I picked tasted okay- not great, but not bad.  The 2nd one was terrible and bitter.  I don't think I let them grow too big- they were right around 8 inches.  Are they supposed to be a solid dark green?  Because none of my cucumbers are.  Each cucumber has some dark green, some light green, and some real light streaks.  They look like these cucumbers: http://www.flickr.com/photos/gnuf/4922675145/in/set-72157624389192569  I thought they were supposed to be a solid, dark green, but I can't leave them on the vine anymore because then they'll get too big.  So I'm wondering what straight 8s look like when they're ready to pick.  Thanks for your help!
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Post  camprn 7/18/2013, 10:59 am

If they are getting bitter, pick them when they are smaller. If you keep them picked the plant will try to make more. The color looks normal to me.

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Post  greatgranny 7/18/2013, 11:02 am

@whompy wrote:Hi-  1st year I've planted cucumbers (straight 8 variety).  The vine is growing like crazy, and i've got tons of cucumbers growing.  The first one I picked tasted okay- not great, but not bad.  The 2nd one was terrible and bitter.  I don't think I let them grow too big- they were right around 8 inches.  Are they supposed to be a solid dark green?  Because none of my cucumbers are.  Each cucumber has some dark green, some light green, and some real light streaks.  They look like these cucumbers: http://www.flickr.com/photos/gnuf/4922675145/in/set-72157624389192569  I thought they were supposed to be a solid, dark green, but I can't leave them on the vine anymore because then they'll get too big.  So I'm wondering what straight 8s look like when they're ready to pick.  Thanks for your help!

I think that the bitterness is normal.  When using them for a cucumber salad my Mom always told me to put the sliced cucumbers into some salt water for a while.  It did take the bitterness out.  

When you peel them make sure that none of the dark flesh is still one.  

About the color - I don't think that the color matters if they are still not too large.    Personally, if I'm going to use them for pickles I pick them when they are smaller.  I love to pick some of the little ones for making sweet pickles.
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Post  Marc Iverson 7/18/2013, 12:48 pm

I'm used to the ends being bitter, but nowhere else.
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Post  brainchasm 7/18/2013, 5:19 pm

Pick them smaller, and make sure the watering is very consistent. Stress and age make cucumbers bitter.

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Post  Goosegirl 7/19/2013, 6:24 pm

@brainchasm wrote: ...Stress and age make cucumbers bitter.
 rofl Sounds like some people I know!  rofl

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Post  TxGramma 7/20/2013, 12:51 am

funny post  but also true! rofl 
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