Crystal Lemon - is it ripe?

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Re: Crystal Lemon - is it ripe?
« Reply #15 on: July 17, 2011, 07:49 »
Oh, I usually skin them! :unsure:

Ah! Well we'll try them again when a bit riper and see if that bitterness goes. Otherwise, they'll be skinned. :)
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Re: Crystal Lemon - is it ripe?
« Reply #16 on: July 17, 2011, 11:50 »
Oh, I usually skin them! :unsure:

Ah! Well we'll try them again when a bit riper and see if that bitterness goes. Otherwise, they'll be skinned. :)

Ouch!!

That'll be fiddly... :blink:
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Re: Crystal Lemon - is it ripe?
« Reply #17 on: July 17, 2011, 11:58 »
Nice sharp knife, no problem. ;)

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Re: Crystal Lemon - is it ripe?
« Reply #18 on: July 17, 2011, 14:51 »
Oh, I usually skin them! :unsure:

Ah! Well we'll try them again when a bit riper and see if that bitterness goes. Otherwise, they'll be skinned. :)

Ouch!!

That'll be fiddly... :blink:

I didn't find it that difficult from what I remember - I usually skin cukes and these ones had a skin with a texture I particularly didn't like, think they're even a bit furry(?)...so off it came!

(As an aside, I had a bbq yesterday and ate some of the cucumber relish that I made at the end of last summer with a glut of cukes including the Crystal lemons and it was gorgeous!)

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Re: Crystal Lemon - is it ripe?
« Reply #19 on: July 17, 2011, 15:45 »
Relish is a good idea! :D

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Re: Crystal Lemon - is it ripe?
« Reply #20 on: July 18, 2011, 12:57 »
Relish is a brilliant idea.....if enough cukes are ever produced to make it with, even the gherkins are sulking this year  :(
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Re: Crystal Lemon - is it ripe?
« Reply #21 on: July 18, 2011, 13:12 »
That plant is full of them. I've already decided we'll eat them until we get fed up with them, then maybe have a go at Val's Cucumber Relish. ;)

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Re: Crystal Lemon - is it ripe?
« Reply #22 on: July 18, 2011, 13:20 »
That was the one I used! And can now vouch for its deliciousness!

Relish is a brilliant idea.....if enough cukes are ever produced to make it with, even the gherkins are sulking this year  :(
My outdoor cucumbers have all, apart from 2 (the crystal lemon being one of the survivors), kicked the bucket - the marketmore looks ropey but the crystal lemon has some fruit setting and growing, the 'melonie' in the greenhouse also decided to give up life, but the other two indoor ones 'telegraph improved' gave me one per week for the last two weeks but have now really started to kick into action - I have three ready to eat now and another two getting bigger and loads of embryonic fruit. Last year my plants did so well I have some extras I sowed 'just in case' away to my parents and some friends, this year I wish I had sown some more...

Edit: Sorry argyllie didn't check your link and removed the same link from my post!
« Last Edit: July 18, 2011, 13:22 by 1st time veg grower »

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Re: Crystal Lemon - is it ripe?
« Reply #23 on: July 26, 2011, 09:19 »
Update on the bitter skin: they're ripening more quickly now and the skins are achieving a yellower shade, like lemons. ::) There is a lot less and in fact almost no bitterness in the skins now. :D

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Re: Crystal Lemon - is it ripe?
« Reply #24 on: July 28, 2011, 18:36 »
I'm in 4th year of growing c/lemon and have found they do sweeten-up on ripening.
Also found they keep fairly well. Used some in dips and relish as late as december(early)



 

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