Persian Cucumber seeds
This is that super tasty variety that you find in specialty markets and that kids love.
This cucumber is a versatile one that can shine in salads, as a slicer, and even in the pickle jar. A narrow cucumber, it is mature at 4-6” long; Its dark green skin is smooth and thin, and pleasantly crisp flesh surrounding a juicy, core. It has a mild, almost sweet taste, and contains little to no cucurbitacin, as is characteristic of “burpless” varieties of cucumbers.
You can start these seeds indoors in Orta pots, but they grow fast and will need to be transplanted to 4” pots or the ground a couple weeks after sowing. Or you can wait until the soil feels warm to the touch and just direct seed. To direct seed, plant 2-3 seeds in a group, and thin to the most vigorous plant once they’re about 4” tall.
Cucumbers love heat, though this variety did fine in our foggy, cool East Bay summer. Water deeply and regularly for best growth. Amend the soil with compost before planting, and fertilize regularly through the season. All members of the cucumber / squash family are heavy feeders.
To save seed, see the series on the Orta blog about saving zucchini seed. It’s the same process.