First Harvest: Heirloom Lemon Cucumber

August 1, 2014 § 2 Comments

Today Mr. E harvested his first cucumber. Yes, one cucumber – but what a hoot it was!

Heirloom Lemon Cucumber

It’s a lemon cucumber, apparently a heirloom variety. The seed bag only gives the generic species name for cukes (Cucumis sativus), so I don’t know whether there’s a more specific way to identify the variety.

We promptly had it with lunch. The taste was delicate, slightly sweet, but not at all bitter even at the “poles” of the cucumber. The peel was a bit hard, though, but that might get softer with more time on the vine (at least that’s what Mr. E thought). We loved it!

Lemon Cucumbers  on Vine

And there’s more where that came from!


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§ 2 Responses to First Harvest: Heirloom Lemon Cucumber

  • […] Mr. E made a simple omelet with salt, pepper, and parsley as a starter. The “trick” was to whip the eggs into a light froth before adding the rest of the ingredients. For the main course, Mr. E wanted to try a smoked geese recipe, but we’re not equipped for smoking, nor did we have access to geese. Instead, he picked two small Cornish game hens and roasted them on the grille outdoors. The hens were served with a simple cucumber-tomato salad, which wasn’t called for in the recipe, but which we wanted to add anyway for extra veggies. The cucumbers came from our yard. […]

  • […] starter was a hot root vegetable and cucumber soup. Yes, boiled cucumber! We used our own heritage cukes, supermarket onions plus local turnip and carrots. The soup also had a little beer in the broth. […]

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