Not only very easy to grow, these round cucumbers grow as big as a baseball and are tender and extra sweet. The bright lemon yellow fruits are excellent in salads and for pickling. Try picking them at golf ball size for the best texture and flavor, or wait 65 days until they reach full size.
Historians generally agree that the first cucumbers grew in India's Himalyan Mountains over 3,000 years ago. From this region they expanded into Greece and Rome; the Romans most likely spread this vegetable to the rest of Europe. The cucumber was widely grown by native Americans through the influence of the Spanish and other explorers. Cucumbers continue to be a vital part of traditional cuisine in Russia and many parts of Asia; the greatest variety of colors and shapes of this vegetable can still be found in its Asian birthplace. Lemon cucumbers in particular can be traced back to the gardens of the 1890s.