U.S. No. 1 consists of cucumbers that show characteristic color and which are fairly well formed, fresh and firm, but are not full grown or ripe; which are free from decay and from damage caused by dirt, freezing, sunburn, mosaic or other disease, insects, or mechanical or other means.
U.S. No. 2 consists of cucumbers which meet the requirements of U.S. No. 1 grade except for size.
U.S. No. 3 consists of cucumbers that show characteristic color, are not round or ball-shaped, are fresh but not full grown or ripe, free from decay and free from damage caused by dirt, freezing, sunburn, mosaic or other disease. Unless otherwise specified, cucumbers of this grade shall be firm.
Detailed standards, Inspection Instructions & Other Resources:
- U.S. Grade Standards for Pickling Cucumbers (pdf)
- Inspection Instructions for Pickling Cucumbers (pdf)