Why are my cucumbers bitter?
Bitterness in cucumbers is caused by natural compound produced by the cucumber. This compound tends to be produced in highest amounts when the plant is under stress, either from lack of water, excessive heat or poor nutrition (fertility). Keeping plants watered well and mulched should help prevent the problem. It also helps to grow varieties with less natural bitterness. Sweet Success, Sweet Slice, County Fair, Carmen, and Diva are a fewe to try. (Look for "bitter-free" in the description of the cucumber variety.)
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