This is our page on doomsday cucumbers. It tells how many cucumbers one would need to grow to survive.
You may be wondering to yourself, "In a survival situation, how many cucumbers would one need?"
Well based on a 2000 calorie diet and the fact that one cucumber has about 16 calories in it, one would need to eat 125 cucumber per day.
This is if this is all they had to eat. Hopefully it is not.
But the information we are going to provide is based on one person, per day, eating only cucumbers.
How many to grow?
You have to first decide if you want to grow pickling or slicing cucumbers.
Pickling cucumbers can be preserved by canning them. They cannot be frozen.
So if you have the ability to can a few pickling cucumbers, I would do so.
One thing that I came up with is the 1/3 rule (if someone else has this I do not know about it). Plant 1/3 of your seeds for this season. Keep 1/3 for next season. Store 1/3 for emergency purposes.
And you would want to make sure you keep these in separate places. So if something happens and you lose one cache, you do not lose them all.
One cup of cucumbers (cucumber nutrition) is about 16 calories.
One would need to eat about 125 cucumbers per day.
This is about 46,000 per year.
You would need about 2,300 plants per year for eating and about 10 plants for seed production.
Actual numbers will depend on the type of cucumber you are growing and the growing conditions in your area.
Make sure you get open pollinated types. You may want to get a hybrid type just in case since these are usually easier to grow. But separate them by at least 100 feet to keep from cross pollination.
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