Russian Bear pickles, made from the fat, over-ripe cucumbers that stay hidden under leaves until you can’t ignore them any longer, are basically a northern version of watermelon rind pickles. It makes sense. Living in northeastern Maine, my family certainly wasn’t growing watermelon. But cucumbers were grown every year. And that Yankee thrift thing we have going, doesn’t allow us to toss out a few cukes just because they are the size of a man’s arm!
When your garden is still hanging on just a little bit, and you probably have some over-ripe cukes. Don’t waste them, try Russian Bear pickles. They will soon become a family favorite for you too.
By the way, I have no idea why they are called Russian Bear.
Click here for this recipe: http://www.seedtopantry.com/2015/11/03/sweet-pickles-from-ripe-cucumbers/