As promised, I present to you, the Lemon Cucumber. As you can see from this photo, it makes a great prop. Try that with you average, wax-encased supermarket variety. I know what you thinking, Jeff I don’t need my cucumbers to be props, I need them them to crisp and tasty. Well I’m here to tell you the Lemon Cucumber is crisp and tasty, and it’s beautiful. I challenge anyone to come up with a still life with the supermarket variety that has the grace and interest of what you see here.
They are susceptible to the bacterial wilt spread by the dreaded cucumber beetle, and like a lot heirlooms, the shelf life is relatively short. All the more reason to eat them fresh off the vine. There is something about the round shape that makes devouring one quite easy. Lighter than an apple, and about the size of one, one bite and you’ll see why you should grow them. Most cucumbers have a delicate and subtle flavor, this one has a more pronounced flavor that makes for a satisfying and somewhat thirst-quenching snack.
According to Seeds of Change, the Lemon Cucumber has been charming gardeners since the 1890s. Allow it to charm you, and share in over a century of delight.
Check out my kickstarter.com project, a photo book of the buds of the 22 varities of tomatoes that I’m growing this year.