Longfellow Slicing Cucumber OG(70 days) Open-pollinated. Bred and released in 1927 by Jerome B. Rice Seed Co, Cambridge, NY. Stubborn Ox Farm of Brooks, ME, hosted Fedco’s 2018 extensive slicing cuke trials with hybrid and OP types locking horns. Winning easily was white-spined classic Longfellow—fitting, as Maine whelped and educated the famous author. Extra-good Fellow came into picking mid-late season, but we found the 8–9" long and 2" wide stage to be eating perfection: skin crunchy but not tough, sweet and full cuke flavor, flesh crisp but then immediately juicy and melting, with a small seed core. Steady vigor and yield with few duds. Light green and striped blossom end. Originally prized as a “straight pack” for high-grade markets across the Northeast, Longfellow or its close derivatives have been used by innumerable breeders to impart similar ideal length, dark green color, and excellent flavor. In its heyday, Longfellow was revered across the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and even into Minnesota. Its revival should easily reach as far. ② NEW!
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