Burpless Cucumbers - Knowledgebase Question

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


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Answer from NGA
February 14, 1998

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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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