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Growing Yellow Cucumbers

A surprise gastronomic discovery…

Here’s a nice surprise, I have grown these this year; yellow cucumbers and I have to say that I am pleasantly pleased with the result. I didn’t actually know what to expect as the plant and then the fruits grew. I wasn’t sure when they would be ripe enough to eat so today I decided that one of them was indeed big enough and therefore ripe and ready for eating.

What I found was that the skin is akin to that of a squash, I made no attempt to eat it. Instead I sliced it like a melon and was very impressed by the taste. Cucumbers are never going to blow you away as a taste sensation but these do taste better than your everyday green variety. They are almost as refreshing as a melon and almost as naturally sweet too.
It’s a shame I couldn’t use the skin, it would have looked good in a salad but the flesh and seeds make up for it.

So, a lesson in going out and trying varietal fruits and vegetables, not always worth it but in this case they are and I am glad that I bothered to give them a go. Incidentally they seem to be cropping better than the standard types.

8 Comments

  1. Cid says:

    Miles,

    Loving the look of these cucumbers and the thought of their sweet taste. My lot at work like pickled cucumbers and often ask me to make more….. wonder if this variety would pickle well?

    Cid

    July 9, 2014 @ 11:02 pm

  2. Rod says:

    Fantastic!
    Never seen these before - you’re having more success than I am, only weeds growing for me at the moment :(
    Best,
    Rod

    July 10, 2014 @ 7:53 am

  3. v says:

    “Akin to that of a squash “….. sounds good to me. Butternut, Harlequin, Blue ballet…. I’m there.

    Squash is one of my favourite things, roasted or soup-ed

    Great photo.

    July 10, 2014 @ 7:54 am

  4. Anne says:

    Fascinating, Miles, I have never heard of these nor seen any.
    Well done for growing them.
    I can imagine the difficulty of judging the ripeness and wondered if you had to press the top for softness?
    It must be very pleasing to have grown something totally new and to experience the flavour.
    So far I have one courgette ripening outside and the runner beans are just starting to form buds. It has simply been too cold.
    Anne

    July 10, 2014 @ 9:57 am

  5. miles says:

    Cid,
    I would say not. I shall leave one a bit longer to see if the skin ripens but still think they wouldn’t take to pickling.

    July 10, 2014 @ 9:27 pm

  6. miles says:

    Anne,
    To be honest I guessed, I don’t think you can tell by feel to be honest. Hope your crop improves soon :(

    July 10, 2014 @ 9:28 pm

  7. miles says:

    Rod,
    Nightmare :(
    A learning curve for all this year methinks

    July 10, 2014 @ 9:29 pm

  8. miles says:

    V,
    Only the skin I mean, I’d take a squash over these any day though.

    July 10, 2014 @ 9:30 pm

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