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This page talks about how to buy Doomsday Cucumber Seeds from David's Garden Seeds®. The information we are provide is based on one person, per day, eating only cucumbers. You would need about 2500 plants a year for eating. You can dry or pickle cucumbers for future eating.
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 2,000 calorie diet and the fact that one cucumber has about 16 calories in it, one would need to eat 125 cucumber per day.
That 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.
Pickled cucumbers can be stored for several years once pickled. Slicing cucumbers need to be eaten within a few days.
the logical choice is to grow pickling cucumbers so you can store
them. Of course you have to be able to pickle them which is a different
page altogether. But you would want to slice them up since you could
get more in a jar with slices than canning them whole.
One cup of cucumbers is about 16 calories.
One would need to eat about 125 cucumbers per day. This is a lot of cucumber eating.
This is about 46,000 cucumbers per year. It probably is not going to be possible to raise this many for one person.
would need about 2,300 plants per year for eating and about 10 plants
for seed production. Let's say 2,500 plants would be needed.
Actual numbers will depend on the type of cucumber you are growing and the growing conditions in your area.
Make sure you are using open pollinated types.
One plant requires about 144 square inches of space to grow. In a 4 x 8 foot raised bed, you can plant about 32 plants. Plants can be grown on the ground or on a trellis. You would need about 78 raised beds just to grow cucumbers.
So I think we can rule cucumbers out as a survival food even though it would be nice to have a few fresh ones and some pickled ones.
Cucumber Pickling Boston Pickling 2500 Non-GMO, Heirloom Seeds
The "Boston Pickling Cucumber" has been around since the 19th century,
and is still one of the big favorites. The cucumbers are flavorful and
consistent in size, so they're never limited to pickle-making. They're
stars of the salads, too. Harvest in about 70 days. This is the by far, the best pickling pickle every made. It is our best selling cucumber.
Cucumber Pickling National 2500 Non-GMO, Heirloom Seeds
National Pickling Cucumbers are short. Thick cucumber with blunt ends are perfect for pickles and delicious in salads. Fruits have striped, medium green skin and a slightly tapered shape to fit in a pickle jar. A heavy producer with black spines. 5 inch long fruit. Harvest in 60 days.
Cucumber Slicing Marketmore 2500 Non-GMO, Heirloom Seeds
If you want a good slicing cucumber than try the Marketmore Cucumber which produces long, slender, dark green cucumbers. The slender, refined "Marketmore look" has long been the standard for slicing cucumbers in the North. 8 to 9 inch fruits stay uniformly dark green even under weather stress. Begins bearing late, but picks for a relatively long time. Intermediate resistance to cucumber mosaic virus, downy mildew, and powdery mildew. Harvest in 58 days.
Cucumber Slicing Diva 2500 Non-GMO, Open Pollinated Seeds
AAS trial judges throughout North America agreed - Diva just might be the best-tasting cuke on the planet. Diva looks like a regular salad cucumber but with a much smoother, thin, no-peel skin. Distinctly tender, crisp, sweet, bitter-free, and almost seedless (if harvested small or grown in a greenhouse); especially flavorful harvested small, about the size of a pickle. Plants are gynoecious (all-female) and parthenocarpic (grow fruits without pollination). Foliage is non-bitter, hence not as attractive to cucumber beetles as some varieties. Adapted to open field. Protected against Cucumber Vein Yellowing, Downy (with specific races) and Scab. Cucumber is an All-American Selection and does well in greenhouse production. Probably the best cucumber to have in a doomsday scenario. Harvest in about 60 days.
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