Burpless Cucumbers - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by jsowich
February 14, 1998
How are burpless cucumbers created? What properties of the cucumber make it "burpless"?

Answer from NGA
February 14, 1998
Plant breeders take the best qualities of two plants and produce a new variety, called a hybrid. The bitterness (or burp producing quality) has been removed from burpless cucumbers through selective breeding. Burpless cucumbers have a lower acid content which makes them good for eating fresh, but not good for making into pickles.

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