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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.
So 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.
You 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.
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