(Toledo, OH) To your left is a vegetable that grew in my garden. I sowed cucumber seeds in May, and the plants grew well.
The fruit that developed, however, was bright yellow; at first I thought that I had some specialty varietal, but then I realized what really happened.
The cucumbers cross-pollinated with nearby pumpkin plants, creating a hybrid cucumpkin (or pumpcumber).
The result is a roundish-shaped yellow cucumber that has an especially hard skin. It tastes like a regular cucumber, but the seeds are much firmer, like those in a pumpkin.
I am going to leave some on the vine and see if they grow larger, like pumpkins.