Lemon Cucumber

🎵"What shall we do with a lemon cucumber? What shall we do with a lemon cucumber? What shall we do with a lemon cucumber? Early in the morning.🎵

I dont know where that came from but it is an ear worm now.

Latin name: Cucumis sativus 

Origin: India

Also known as a Garden Lemon, Apple cucumber, Budamkaya, and Dosakai.

Lemon cucumbers do not taste like lemons.  They are one of our heritage crops. Round and yellow, around the size of a tennis ball-sized is a perfect serving for one or two people. They have a thin, tender skin with a sweet flavour a little milder than green cucumbers and they are burpless, meaning they lack bitter flavour and are easily digestible. 

Nutritionally they have quite a few beneficial nutrients, including vitamin A , C, K iron, potassium and calcium, as well as various antioxidants and active ingredients..

So?   What can we do with them apart from in a salad?

Gin and tonic 😉 

Infused water.

Sliced and dressed with pesto.

Pickle them.

Grilled dressed in olive oil with salt and pepper.

Lemon Cucumber Curry:

Heat 1 tbs oil in a saute pan,add 1/2 tsp mustard seeds and a pinch asafoetida when the seeds start popping add the green chilli after a fews seconds add 3 curry leaves.  Next add the 2 chopped up lemon cucumber and 1/4 cup of water. season with salt to taste.

Cover and cook on medium until the cucumber pieces become transluscent. Remove lid and let any moisture evaporate.

Add 1 - 2 tsp oil and saute for 2 - 3 minutes.

Sprinkle over chilli powder (How much is up to you! 1/4 tsp would be enough for me) and 1tsp chickpea flour.  Stir and cook out the flour for a few minutes.

 

Serves 2 with rice and roti.

 

 Lemon Cucumber Orzo salad:

Cook 8oz orzo pasta as per instructions, drain and run under cold water.  Put in a bowl with 1 cup of chopped lemon cucumber, half cup of chopped spring onions, 1/4 cup chopped parsley, 1/2 cup cooked or tinned sweetcorn, 1/4 cup lemon juice and 3 tbsp olive oil. Mix together and add salt to taste.

 

serves 4.

A nice dressing with this is 1/4 cup greek yoghurt whizzed up with 2 cloves of garlic, 2 tbsp water and 3 tbsp chopped mint. season to taste and drizzle over.

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