Message from the Gardener: Part 1 Lemon Cucumbers

During 2009, we grew many interesting vegetables in our Heritage Garden. Much of it was donated to our local food bank (they were often intrigued by our unusual harvest). Two of the foods we grew were popular 60-100 years ago but we rarely see today – lemon cucumbers and citron melon.

Here is a picture of the lemon cucumbers. They tasted like cucumbers and were rather seedy but looked more like lemons. It turned out that the vines were quite productive and since we harvested so many, it was possible to make some pickles with them. The pickles turned out yellow but I think it was because of the tumeric. Here is a picture – oops, I ate some! They are a bread and butter type pickle and kind of sweet in flavour.

We are now planning our garden for 2010. If you are interested in volunteering contact Rebecca at

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