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Muncher Cucumber

Muncher Cucumber

Cucumis sativus
What's a burpless cucumber?

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Some cucumbers, like this tasty Muncher variety, are called "burpless." I never really paid much attention to the term, but before I used it here to describe this cucumber I figured I better find out exactly what it means. In digging around online, I came across this very scientific study from the Cucurbit Breeding Project at North Carolina State University, Raleigh undertaken by project director Todd Wehner. The project personnel work on breeding and genetics research of pickling and slicing cucumber, seeded and seedless watermelon, and luffa (loofah) sponge gourd. Wehner set out to determine if burpless cucumbers actually cause less burping or if it was more of a marketing term for oriental trellis cucumbers, of which Muncher is one. So, he fed so-called burpless cucumbers to both burp-prone and non-burp-prone judges. Although the results were not extremely conclusive, he did find slightly less gastric upset when burpless cucumbers were eaten. To read the entire study, visit http://cuke.hort.ncsu.edu/cucurbit/wehner/articles/art090.pdf.
Number of Seeds 25 seeds
Spacing in Row 24 inches
Spacing Between Rows 36 inches
Planting Depth 3/4 inch
Days to Germination 3 to 10 days
Days to Maturity 60 days
Height at Maturity 12 to 48 inches
Width at Maturity 48 to 72 inches
Direct sow 1-2 weeks after last frost, or start indoors 3 weeks earlier. Sow again at monthly intervals for reliable yields all season. Appreciates fertile soil and heat. Harvest young cukes promptly and consistently to keep plants producing.

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