Stories from the Farm - Vegetable Roots

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Vegetable Roots:  Early Fortune Cucumber

An heirloom variety of cucumber introduced by the Jerome B. Rice Seed Company of Cambridge, New York around 1910. The variety originated with George Starr of Royal Oak, Michigan, who discovered a single plant growing in a crop of Davis Perfect cucumbers (now extinct). The fruits have a distinctive sun ray pattern on the end. Rice, who was a Civil War veteran, grew his seed company into the second largest and profitable seed company of its era. This heirloom cucumber is perfect for fresh eating or pickling.