lemon cucumber? what is that?

August 7, 2011 at 10:17 am 2 comments

pick chick & pick dude says:

We decided that we wanted to pick peaches locally, so we searched and found Styer’s Orchard in Langhorne, PA, a little town in Bucks County.  Let us tell you that this place quickly became one of our new favorite weekend quick trips!  It is a full working orchard and farm that is completely PYO.  Whatever is ready to pick, it is your’s for the picking!  After our stone fruit pick, we headed over to the veggie section and we came across the lemon cucumber, sometimes referred to as the yellow cucumber.

We had never seen this round little veggie before and was totally curious about it!  It doesn’t look anything like the cucumbers we are used to.  It is yellow and white striped, not green.  It is round and fat, not long and skinny.  We were told by the lovely folks at Styer’s that it is sweet and good for digestion.  They could have said it was horrible; we still would have picked it!

 

 

 

 

 

pick chick says: Not knowing what to do with this round yellow cucumber, I searched the internet for ideas and nothing really grabbed us.  So I decided to stay simple.  With the skins on, I sliced some pieces and sprinkled salt on them.  Took a bite and wow, what a great crunch!   There seems to be more meat (less mushy seedy insides) than their green counterparts and had a sweet mild taste.  Very crunchy and tasty.  Chopped some more, threw them into a baby greens salad with some glazed walnuts and a slice of blue cheese.  Dressed it with a champagne vinaigrette from one of my favorite small town bakeries, Main Street Bakery, in Princeton.  It was refreshing and a nice twist to a green cucumber!

worth the pick?

pick chick says:  I must admit, I am new to cucumbers.  I never liked them growing up and only began to eat them, sparingly, over the past year.  So I am not a huge cucumber fan.  I did like the strong crunch and I just love eating things that are out of the ordinary, but as far as picking it again, I would pick it and gift it to a cucumber lover.

pick dude says:  I am happy when my wife is happy so I’m sure that we will be going back to her new happy place, Styer’s Orchards.  As I was picking some yellow tomatoes, she was picking lemon cucumbers. I’ve never seen or heard of
these plump little pale yellow guys but I knew they were special because Pick Chick was super excited about them.  She made plate of them, skins on and salted. I tried a slice but found the skin to be too tough for me. They tasted mild and a little less al dente than other cucumbers. I agree with Pick Chick, I would pick and give away these crazy round yellow guys!

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Laura  |  August 7, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    Hey, we know that place. We used to live in Newtown. That entire area is awesome! Thanks for the scoop on the new cucumber!

    Reply
    • 2. we.pick  |  August 7, 2011 at 3:33 pm

      It is fantastic, isn’t it! We love it! Going back soon!

      Reply

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