Cucumbers

Lemon Cuke Cucumber

60 days. The shape, size, and color of a lemon, but with super-sweet flavor! This cucumber was famously peddled by one snake oil salesmen as a genuine cross between an orange and a green cucumber. The huckster claimed that he had plucked an orange blossom from his daughters bridal bouquet (orange blossoms were a popular bridal flower in those days) and used it to pollinate a cucumber plant! These “true lemon cucumber” seeds were sold at a bargain price of 1 dollar per seed! Indeed, the lemon cucumber is a pretty convincing fake, with round, lemon yellow fruits and a swollen blossom end, just like a real lemon. Alas, the lemon cuke is a true cucumber, a result of naturally selecting for round, yellow fruits. The lemon cucumber originated in the late 19th century, and was introduced to the U.S in 1894. The tasty fruits are low in cucurbitacin, that naturally occuring cucumber chemical that accounts for a slighlty bitter taste. The flesh is citrusy and adds a real zip to salads! Fantatsic for kids gardens. One of our all-time favorite garden crops!

 

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