Aug 6, 2006

Strange Cukes

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(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.

7 comments:

Do said...

WOW! That's neat!!! There must be some gardening site you can submit that one to.

Kate said...

this is very cool. I want some seeds!!!!

Anonymous said...

Dude, cucmbers naturally turn yellow/orange when they ripen. You aren't supposed to let them get that big. Also, even if it did get pollinated by a pumpkin the developing fruit is directed by the genetics of the mother plant and would not express the genes of the father.

Anonymous said...

For some reason, this is more disgusting than the two-faced cat.

Lisa Renee said...

I've had them turn yellow before - which you aren't supposed to let them do it makes the plant think it's production time is slowing down.

:-)

ToOothlEss WOndeR! said...

i suppose it's a tropical variety..
i've seen quite a lot of them in india.. especially kerala, where i come from.
And they generally grow much bigger than the usual ones if you let them to.

Hooda Thunkit said...

Mike,

Lisa may have a point. They'll get that way, if left too long on the vine.

The skin will bacome almost "woody."

Now, if they're all like that, then you may be right ;-)