The Paisley Plant of the week is…(drum roll here) Lemon Cucumber.
Cucumber: Cucumis sativus
Variety: Lemon or True Lemon This is classified as an heirloom that was introduced in 1894
I love to grow cucumbers. This year I have six different types going on the cucumber fences. My favorite cucumber is the Lemon (sometimes called True Lemon) Lemon cucumbers are the approximate size, shape, and color of a lemon, but their flavor is pure sweet cuke. The skins are very thin and tender so they need no peeling. These little guys make awesome pickles but are delicious straight from the garden.
The vines are vigorous but quite manageable. The plants have good tolerance to most of the things that aim to sink them. I have on occasion fought powdery mildew with this variety. I have learned to water these guys only in the morning so they can be completely dry in the evenings. They like that.
Other than that, enjoy a bountiful harvest of Lemon Cucumbers. I’m giving a couple of recipes you might enjoy as well. Oooh so paisley!
From Jillicious Discoveries
Bread-and-Butter Pickle Slices
From So Easy to Preserve, pgs. 125-126
Yields = 7-8 pints6 pounds of 4 to 5-inch pickling cucumbers *I used mostly lemon cucumbers and one large Armenian cucumber.
8 cups thinly sliced onions /about 3 pounds *I used a mixture of walla walla onions and yellow onions
1/2 cup canning salt *It’s very important to use “canning” or “pickling” salt, rather than table salt. Other salts contain anti-caking materials and this can make the brine or liquid cloudy.
Crushed or cubed ice
4 cups vinegar (5%) *Use vinegar of 5-percent acidity. Do not use homemade vinegar or vinegar that you don’t know the acidity of in pickling. Also, do not dilute the vinegar, because you will be diluting the preservative effect.
4 1/2 cups sugar
2 Tbsp. mustard seed
1 1/2 Tbsp. celery seed
1 Tbsp. ground turmericPreparation:
1) Wash cucumbers. Cut 1/6-inch off blossom end and discard. Cut into 3/16-inch rings.
2) Combine cucumbers and onions in a large bowl. Add canning salt.
I also use Lemon Cucumbers for an appetizer.
Simply rub the outside of the cucumber vigorously to remove the little prickles, cut in half, scoop the insides so they look like this:
Fill with your favorite filler. albacore tuna, garlic cream cheese, onion dip, I’ve even been known to fill them with blueberries and whipped cream. These cucumbers are so sweet they complimented beautifully. Enjoy this lovely, paisley selection.