I bought some seeds today and I wonder if the cukes start off green and turn yellow when ripe or if they are yellow from pollination? Also, do they run anymore or any less that typical pickling cuke vines? Are they crisp enough for making pickles? Thanks for the responses.
I grow then up a trellis. Harvest the fruit young, before it gets to any size that might break the vines. The fruit is at its tender best then. It is still more white-green, only a little hint of yellow. As it gets more yellow the tender skin gets harder and harder, eventually you gotta peel it to eat it, and it is not worth it.
I never tried pickling them. Worth a try, if you like doing that. The vines can be very productive.
I grow them every year. As others are stated, they are best picked when they are young and just started to turn yellow. They do have a rather prickly skin (especially as they get older) so you may have to peel them if you harvest them later. I've had good luck with them, as they are quite prolific. I really like growing them because of their size and mild flavor--one small fruit is just enough for a serving :)
one caveat: If you plant lemon cukes and regular (green elongated) cukes near each other, they will cross pollinate and look like a combo of the two. They will taste fine but won't look like either lemon or regular cukes. (This happened to me!)
Miles-I've had squash, beans, and peppers cross. It was very obvious by the look of the fruit. Everybody says you can't see it in the first generation fruit but only in the fruit produced by the xed seed. But I've seen it too. Not all the fruit showed the cross usually the later fruit. Glad to know I'm not nuts. : ).
I have grown lemon cukes the past 2 years. They are VERY prolific and the vines are VERY long. I use a vegetable brush and scrub (gently) the little spines off the outside so that I can just peel them. I tried pickling some and they were okay, but not crispy.