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Chile pickles cucumbers are great for fresh eating or pickling! This nice, uniform variety produces blocky green fruit with whites spines averaging 3 long by 1 in diameter at harvest (49 days). Vines are COMPACT, vigorous and very productive! Widely adapted with disease resistance.
The best Chiles Patio pickles are made from pickling!! a variety of cucumber picked at the right stage of maturity, not under or overly mature. Cucumbers grown for pickling will yield the best product. The skin is less bitter than slicing cucumbers and they have smaller and fewer seeds. Select firm cucumbers of the appropriate size: about 1 1/2 inches for gherkins and 4 - 5 inches for dills. Picklers tend to get flabbiness in the middle when allowed to get too big. Use odd-shaped and more mature cucumbers for relishes and bread-and-butter style pickles.
If you are growing your own cucumbers pick them early in the day to help prevent a bitter flavor. Do not purchase commercially waxed cucumbers for pickling -- acid or salt will not penetrate them properly. You should wash cucumbers, but do not scrub them with a vegetable brush.