Lemon Cucumbers


About lemon cucumbers and links to several lemon cucumber recipes by food bloggers.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

Have you ever seen a lemon cucumber?

They’re called “lemon” not because of the taste, but because they are about the size of a lemon and yellow-colored when ripe.

I’ve been growing them for the last several years, planting them at the base of the tomatoes, so they can creep along the floor of the garden beds, in-between the peppers, basil, and marigolds.

I have yet to see them in any regular market, but often you can find them at farmers markets in the summer. They have a lovely, mild taste, even when quite mature, and the skins are relatively thin, so many people serve them with peels on.

I usually peel mine, because I pick them straight from the garden and they have tiny little prickles that rub off easily, but will poke you if you aren’t careful (like garden-picked zucchini).

Lemon cucumbers can be used for most recipes calling for cucumber. Here are a few of the cucumber recipes on Simply Recipes. Some bloggers have specified recipes that use lemon cucumbers, here is a sampling:

Lemon cucumbers with pesto – from White on Rice Couple

Lemon cucumber tofu salad – by Heidi of 101 Cookbooks

Lemon Cucumber Pickles from Healthy Green Kitchen

Minted Zucchini, Pea and Lemon Cucumber Salad from Turntable Kitchen

If you have a particular recipe for lemon cucumbers not listed here, please let us know about it in the comments.

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Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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  1. Lisa V

    I got these from the CSA and had to look it up after I cut into it and smelled cucumber!
    I haven’t seen an answer to the storage question. I put them in the fridge, but they started to get wrinkly pretty quick. should they stay out on the counter with the tomatoes?

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  2. Stephen

    I use my Lemon cucumbers to make “cucumber salsa”. Tomatoes, Lemon Cucumbers, Cilantro, Red Onion, a Jalapeno, Lemon & Lime Juice, salt to taste. So Good.

  3. Sue P.

    Where can’t you purchase lemon cucumbers in So. Calif.?

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  4. Annie Vignali

    I love my lemons & have been growing them for years and I eat them fresh. I also gift them to my friends that are addicted to them also. My question is how do you store them without them wrinkling after a couple days? I have put them in the fridge and also left them on the counter. Any help is appreciated.

  5. Vicki Kent

    I peeled and sliced mine with slices of Walla Walla Sweet onions, mixed them in with a mix of rice vinegar and balsamic vinegar, a generous sprinkling of Spice Islands Beau Monde seasoning which is mostly onion and celery powder…and just let them sit overnight. Very tasty. This batch I added in a few squirts of sriracha sauce to give it garlic and some heat. Those are in jars now in the fridge, and I’m looking forward to them. The color of the balsamic makes them look a lot like what you see with pickled onions in malt vinegar, but without the gluten!

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