Organic Cucumber ‘Marketmore’
Marketmore is a high yielding ridge cucumber that can be grown indoors or outdoors.
It is considered to be one of the best cucumbers there is and has been awarded the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit (RHS AGM).
It is shorter and fatter than supermarket cucumbers and offers a crisp flavour and crunchy texture – perfect for a delicious salad.
Marketmore is a climbing cucumber although we do have an allotment neighbour who grows this like a pumpkin for the ground cover and he has excellent results.
Like many cucumbers, marketmore does need to be pollinated.
The cucumber seeds should be sown in trays or modules in the spring. Pot on when the seedlings are large enough to handle and transplant outdoor cucumbers after the risk of frost has passed.
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Cucumbers originated in India and have been in cultivation for around 3000 years.
They were recorded in France in 9th Century, England in 14th Century and America by mid 16th Century. They weren’t popular in England initially until they were re-introduced in 17th Century.
The Romans embraced the cucumber as both a food crop and a medicine. They were used to treat bad eye sight and scorpion bites. The Roman Emperor Tiberius ate a cucumber every single day of the year!
Popularity of the cucumber ceased for a time in the 18th century when it was believed that uncooked vegetables were a health risk and it wasn’t until 19th century that this belief was reversed.
The cucumber is popular in Ayurvedic medicine where it has many different uses.
It is a symbol of fertility in Buddhism and throughout history, many cultures have considered them to boost fertility.