cucumbers - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by fran1127
August 15, 2010
I planted cucumbers and some are yellow,are they safe to eat and why are they yellow.
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Answer from NGA
August 15, 2010
Cucumbers that are turning yellow are almost always over-ripe. When cucumbers become over ripe, their green coloring produced from chlorophyll begins to fade, resulting in a yellowing pigment. Cucumbers become bitter with size and yellow cucumbers are generally not fit for consumption. A yellow cucumber can also be the result of a virus, too much water, or a nutrient imbalance, but the most common cause is not harvesting soon enough.

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