Now that our harvest is really kicking in, I thought I would try to post some photos of the myriad of different heirloom/open-pollinated varieties we grow. So here are two of the cucumbers I picked yesterday, side by side: Japanese Suhyo Long, and Super Zagross:
The Japanese cucumbers are longer and skinnier, and covered with spines (which I removed before taken the photo). If you do not trellis them, you might end up with some very curvy cukes (this variety, when grown properly, should be straight- notice mine is not!). The seeds are smaller, and the skinny size is great for salad slices. I've actually let them get fatter than some people might....
Super Zagross is a very prolific Iranian variety, with no spines, and juicy sweet, bitter-free flesh. The cucumbers are of the very standard shape and size, and will keep on delivering a harvest right up until frost, if taken care of.
Both of these varieties are wonderful for fresh eating! Yum!