Cucumber Seeds - Crystal Apple
- Seed Count: 30 seeds
- Maturity Date: Approximately 65-70 days from planting
- Plant Type: Climbing vine
- Fruit Characteristics: Round, pale green to yellow fruits, resembling apples
- Ideal Growing Conditions: Full sun, rich and well-drained soil
- Planting Instructions: Sow seeds 1 inch deep, 36-48 inches apart, after the last frost
- Disease Resistance: Generally resistant to common cucumber diseases
- Culinary Uses: Ideal for fresh eating, salads, and pickling
History: The Crystal Apple Cucumber, a unique heirloom variety, has a rich history that dates back to the early 20th century. Originally from New Zealand, this variety quickly gained popularity due to its unusual apple-like shape and crisp, sweet flavor. It's a delightful departure from the traditional cucumber shape and a testimony to the diversity of heirloom vegetables.
Uses: Crystal Apple Cucumbers are celebrated for their crisp texture and mild, sweet flavor. They are perfect for eating fresh out of hand, adding a unique twist to salads, or even pickling. Their attractive shape and refreshing taste make them a favorite for garden parties and children's snacks.
Growth Habit & Planting Instructions: Crystal Apple Cucumbers grow on climbing vines and may require support, such as a trellis or stakes, for optimal growth. They perform best in full sun and prefer rich, well-drained soil. Plant the seeds about 1 inch deep in the soil, ensuring each plant has enough space for air circulation and growth. Regular watering is crucial, especially during fruiting, to produce plump, juicy cucumbers. Harvest when the fruits are pale green to yellow, typically when they are about the size of a small apple.