This year I am growing 4 types of cucumbers and I have to say I’m enjoying the experience of having different varieties. In the past I’ve usually just grown the Lebanese types (the short Lebanese ones – about 10cm long, rather than the really long ones). But this year I have also included Lemon, Summer Dance and Catalina Pickling varieties. Thank you to Bek for the Lemon & Summer Dance seeds. Funnily enough my other 3 varieties are outperforming the Lebanese this year. We’ve had about 800g of Lebanese from three (not very vigorous – in fact I suspect at least one may have died…) vines. Compare that with 1.8kg of Lemon Cucumbers and probably that again in set fruit which is ripening at the moment from one vine. 1.6kg from the 2 Summer Dance vines and a lovely 4.4kg from the Catalina Pickling but that is 4 (possibly 6) vines.
When you add all the varieties together I do have a lot of cucumber in the house most of the time. (Especially as mum and dad insist on giving me a bag of their very vigorous Lebanese cucumbers every time I see them.)
I’ve been busy turning a lot of the cucumbers into Bread & Butter cucumbers as well as pickling some as gherkins, Miss 6 eats a lot of them dressed with salt, but that still leaves a lot to make salad with.
Salads like this one:
Cucumbers and onion dressed in a soy sauce, sugar, garlic, ginger, rice vinegar and sesame oil dressing. (I also added chilli but only after the kids had taken theirs). Anyway its a great combination and one that I will be eating again, and again, and again – well at least for as long as the cucumbers keep producing that is.
I’m sharing this post as part of Veggiegobblers Thursday Garden Gobbles.