Saturday, July 22, 2006

Three Lemon Cucumbers


The lemon cucumbers are turning out to be one of my more prolific vegetables this season. The skin of the lemon cucumber is varied. Sometimes they are very yellow; other times a pale yellow.

13 comments:

dragonfly183 said...

I've planted lemon cucumbers the last couple of years and it seems to me, even when everything else fails you the lemon cucumbers will produce, even if they are no bigger than golf balls they will bear fruit.

Genie said...

Those are so cool! I'm thinking I want to try to get one of those plants put in next summer...we'll see how it goes.

Genie
The Inadvertent Gardener

Arlene said...

I have been growing lemon cucumbers for years....bumper crop this year...who has pickled them and how?

Anonymous said...

how do you know when they are ready to pick?

California Gardener in Zone 23 said...

Here is what I have decided. When the cuke gets the size of a nice sized lemon, I pick them. I have noticed that they don't grow any bigger past a certain point, but the skin does start to turn more yellow. I try to get them while they are still a nice green color. I will post a photo today to show the difference.

Constance said...

They pickle well, just like green pickling cucumbers. I've been using a standard pickle recipe; my two lemon cucumber plants are nearly outproducing the zucchini plant. I made a batch of sweet pickle relish for my husband using a bread and butter pickle recipe, and have dills marinating right now.

California Gardener in Zone 23 said...

Mmmmmm. Sounds delish! I might try that next summer. Do you can your pickles?

Anonymous said...

after i pick some of mine they are almost too soft to eat ? i like them firm.

Anonymous said...

This is the second year that we have grown lemon cucumbers in the LA Basin. We love them. We eat skin and all. Chop them or slice them; they're great tasting. We especially enjoy an Indian mild curried yogurt dish with chopped cucumbers and red onions. But they are also great chopped with tomatoes and feta cheese. They are incredibly productive in the garden.

earlysnowdrop said...

I agree. They are prolific

Anonymous said...

I grew lemon cukes the first time this year, the vines have gone crazy. I actually thought they were squash vines, I looked the other day, I have dozens of green round fruits 4 - 5" in diameter. I'm not sure if I can still eat them, I did cut a couple open and they taste OK, the seeds are too big now. I am thinking I could cube or slice and pickle them? I found only one yesterday that was yellow and lemon looking, but many little fellers on the way. I have regular cukes nearby so maybe that caused these to be green no yellow? Do anyone have any advice?

Anonymous said...

I grew lemon cukes the first time this year, the vines went crazy. I actually thought they were squash vines, but this weekend I poked around (no where to walk anymore without stepping on vines) and saw medium round green fruits, they are 4 -5" in diameter. Are they too big to eat? I did cut open a couple and tasted them, they seemed fine. The seeds are too large now. I was thinking I could slice or cube them for pickles? I did find one lemon sized and yellow one yesterday, most are way bigger and green. I see more of them on their way. I planted regular cukes next to these, maybe that caused these to go green?
I originally planted cantelope in that spoit but the heat got to them so I stuck in some more lemon cuke seeds, I hope these aren't little cantelopes, I don't think so the skin isn't mottled and it is a little prickly. Just can't tell the garden is a jungle now.
Anyone have any advice?

earlysnowdrop said...

From Texas A&M
"However, the result of this crossing will appear only if seed is saved from this year's crop and planted next year. It will not result in off-flavor or differences in fruit characteristics of this year's crop."

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