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Sunday, August 23, 2009

Orange Cucumbers

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For about a month now I've been wondering what the hell these were hanging off the cucumber vines in my garden. When I googled orange cucumber I found that there are/were multitudes wondering the same thing. It also seems that most, like me, thought they were planting pickling cucumbers. As it turns out (from the best that I can tell) these are a somewhat new crossbred variety designed to be loaded with vitamins. To read short article about them at the website of the USDA click here. To see a photo of them compared to pickling cucumbers (what I thought I was planting) click here. They are interesting looking...and tasty, too...they have an almost acidic, lemony aftertaste to them...I see many salads and sandwiches in their future...at least until the summer is over. If anyone has heard of these or has grown them please let me know.

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is by far the coolest thing I have seen in a while. I will ask around at the farmers markets.

Anonymous said...

I googled 'orange cucumber' when I grew "normal" ones (according to package)in my garden. But the taste is just how you have described! Interesting.
I thought I had crossed blended something because pumpkin plants grew out of the compost in the garden.....Sue, Austin, Tx

Anonymous said...

Look like they could be Poona Kheera cucumbers.

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad to have found this site!! I planted a cucumber plant bought at Home Depot that had green "normal" looking cucumbers depicted on the container. When I saw them growing to be so fat and not cucumber looking and then turning orange, I thought they had just gone bad or gotten burned in the sun and was pulling them off and throwing them in my compost pile. I've never grown cucumbers and this took me by surprise.

I picked a very large one this morning, that looks exactly like the pic on this website. It is firm and very nice looking. I look forward to tasting it. Thanks so much for posting this info !!!

Joe said...

I'm glad this was helpful. I actually posted this last year. I have "regular" cucumbers growing this year. Click the home button to go to current posts.

Coul Fam said...

I am so glad we found this website. My husband and I also grew these orange cucumber thingys. Although I don't see an answer to my question. Why did they turn orange? They are quite tasty and has a stronger smell to them than green cucumbers.

Anonymous said...

we just picked one that looks exactly the same, and thought we had pickling cucumbers. We have green ones off the SAME plant, though!?? Weird!

Anonymous said...

That's great that we seem to have thought of this rare or rather bizarre cucumber thing as something from Mars. In my garden I have huge orange cucumbers growing like a plague. They are all over the place now. I likewise was about to compost them but instead decided to use it in sushi because I was in need of a cucumber. Needless to say, it was more crunchy than "normal" ones, but still delicious.

This blog is a lot more encouraging than the information I've been reading about cucumber viruses and disease that manifest themselves in the orangeness of the cucumber. Some genius even wrote, "better luck next year." So thank you for your blog.

Joe said...

Thanks...I'm glad this was helpful.

Anonymous said...

I grew one of these as well, and I decided to pickle it anyway. Still tastes yummy, Think I will let a few more stay out there and turn organge as well.

priyasatya said...

I've read that they turn orange from being kept on the vine too long. Essentially they are overripe. I haven't read anything that says not to eat them at the orange stage so will try them.

Anonymous said...

Ok here's the scoop. These are a new brand of genetically modified cucumbers that have high amounts of beta Carotene(which turns them orange) and vitamin A. I to bought some cucumbers that turned out to be orange not from over ripening since they basicly started off orange, when I went to look this up i found out that a lot of people have the same problem with no awnser until i found some articles on USDA site. The messed up thing is that the company I got mine from said that they were USDA organic and non GMO. It would seem that this new strand has been found cross pollinating with alot of people cucumbers all over the place. The sad thing is that consumers that want GMO free food are beening unknowningly mislead into growing and eating GMO's not to mention that the heal effects of these new genes are unknow. With all the genetic alterations of our food and madmen scientist unleashing these plants into the wild, will we one day awake to a world where genetically pure foods don't exist and orange cucumbers take the place of green ones???? Here is the USDA's website about there man made orange cucumbers i would suggest you look into the issue more and question whether or not we should accept these alteration to the natural order of our food. And please ask yourself this one question about genetically modified food, why are they altering our food and not even telling us about it???????

http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/ar/archive/nov95/cukes1195.htm?pf=1

http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/qtr/q195/gr195.htm

ClearVision said...

The previous comment from "Anonymous" seems to be a rant based on lack of information. Neither of the web pages cited mentioned genetic modification. Indeed, one of them strongly implies they're the result of standard breeding, which is distinctly *not* covered under the GMO designation.

M'sheArt2 said...

ClearVision do you think that a cucumber can have carotene added and not call it gmo, what do you call genetically modified food? They are genetically modified I don't care what it's called in their rules.

If I wanted beta carotene I'd choose a carrot or red pepper, I liked my home grown cucumbers as they were, not these scentless orange monsters.

Anonymous said...

Has anyone bought non gmo seeds and seen their cucumbers turn orange?

Anonymous said...

This is several years after the fact now, but I found your picture through a Google image search. These look just like the "Blonde Boothby" cucumbers I grew last year. If that's what they are, they are an heirloom variety that was good fresh, as well as pickled. They were very productive, and I highly recommend the variety.

Bulldog said...

Clear vision, you say that those linked websites don't mention genetic modification, but one of them specifically uses the phrase "genetically altering". So what are you reading??

Anonymous said...

Those cucumbers are still out there my mom and daughter grew one this summer

Tracey said...

I have the same problem huge firm orange cukes but i planted them from seed. My other cukes where purchased as plants and they are nice and green but the pickling cucumber from seed are turning orange i live in southern Ohio. And many people in my area had planted pickling cucumbers form seed and had the same orange cukes i think it was a hybrid mix from the factory.

Unknown said...

I had some appear in my garden last year and after looking them up a finding out they where cucumbers i figured i would pickle some and i sure am glad i did. Pickled better than and normal ones. I am trying to find some now so i can plant them again!

Sheenetta Thomas said...

Well the year is 2017 and this summer I grew orange cucumbers still little is known of this phenomenon Many speculations have been made but still there is no concrete evidence that orange cucumbers are taking over the world they are not in stores and I never even saw one until in grew my garden people are still saying things like your cucumbers over right maybe they're pickling cucumbers is the government trying to changes and take over what I do know is they don't taste bad I'm not sure about lemony aftertaste but I'm going to eat them