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Q.Can Pickling Cucumbers Be Too Ripe To Pickle? How Would I Know If They Are?

Zone Chattanooga, TN 37343 | Anonymous added on June 24, 2022 | Answered

My pickling cucumbers are greenish yellow and slightly gold. I had to go away for a week and my husband did not see the cucumbers on the vines. Can I pickle them or compost them?

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Answered on July 5, 2022

Unless the cucumbers have become mushy, they make fine pickles even if they're a bit yellow. If they're soft, however, you'll want to compost them. This article has more detail about what to look for:

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