Crystal Apple Cucumber
(aka Apple Shaped) A prolific and sweet flavored cucumber that is shaped like an apple when mature. This historic variety was introduced by the Arthur Yates seed house of Sydney, Australia. By the 1930s, American seed houses such as Ferry Morse Seed Co. offered it. Very tender creamy white skin. Good for market or home gardeners.
- 65 days
- ±1,000 seeds/oz
- Round to apple-shaped fruits
- Tender creamy white skin
- Unique offering for market growers
This variety works for:
- Fresh eating
Cucumbers are most often used raw and are perfect in salads. Some chefs prefer to peel the skin off the fruit as it can be bitter.
Cucumbers pair well with mint an dill, which can be added directly to your salad or to dressings. Cucumber and mint can also be added to smoothies and juice. Tatziki sauce is made from shredded cucumber, yogurt, and dill.
Pickling cucumbers, however, are best for preserving in a solution of vinegar, salt, sugar, spices, and water. You can create countless number of combinations for your pickles to use on sandwiches, as a relish, or eaten as side dish.
Instructions - Sow seeds outdoors in 12" diameter hills after the last frost when soil is warm. Space hills 6' apart in all directions. Can also be started indoors 2-4 weeks before the last frost for an earlier harvest. Cucumbers benefit from consistent moisture. Provide support for vines to save space.
- Direct Seed: 1" Deep
- Seeds to Hill: 6-8 Seeds
- Thin: To 3-4 Plants
- Light: Full Sun
Ratings & Reviews
Excellent for pickling
Very productive variety, kept growing late into the season. Small but sweet fruits with high turnover rate. Can pick when very small and surprisingly refreshing!
My favorite for eating fresh this year!
Everything you want in a cucumber to eat fresh off the vine. They are tasty and crispy with no bitter notes. They also seem to last a good while on the counter if you don't eat the immediately.