ARKANSAS LITTLE LEAF PICKLING CUCUMBER is a 20th Century introduction by the University of Arkansas that is destined to become an heirloom. It is a wonderful greenhouse pickler for several reasons. First, it does not require pollination (parthenogenic). Also, it is compact with small leaves but many branches, making its prolific fruiting easily visible. It is white-spined and has multiple disease resistance and handles weather stress well. Finally, its medium size and blocky fruits are versatile -- great for salads and pickles! 62 days.10 seeds
MEDICINAL: Cucumber dates back 3,000 years, in various forms, falling in and out of favor. It has little food value, being 96% water, but is a culinary delight nonetheless. The seeds are diuretic. The flesh has long been recognized for its cosmetic value in soothing, softening and lightening the skin, especially in delicate areas such as that surrounding the eye. One of my favorite and most effective homemade skin treatments is a chilled slush of ripe avocado and cucumber applied as a mask for 20 minutes after I've been out in the garden. It nourishes and soothes and is of course totally natural!