Cucumber 'Crystal Apple'

Cucumis sativus

Family: Cucurbitaceae (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cucumis (KOO-koo-mis) (Info)
Species: sativus (sa-TEE-vus) (Info)
Cultivar: Crystal Apple
Additional cultivar information:(aka Kristallapfelgurke)
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Vines and Climbers


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Seed Type:

Unknown - Tell us

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Bloom Color:

Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Unblemished fruit must be significantly overripe before harvesting seed; clean and dry seeds

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Soddy Daisy, Tennessee

Gardeners' Notes:


On Oct 23, 2008, LenaBeanNZ from Brisbane
Australia (Zone 10b) wrote:

Very productive, creamy coloured and oval, like big grapefruit sized eggs. Quite popular here in New Zealand. I grew them last summer, but not again this year. A bit too seedy for my liking, seeds are large and tough. I had far too many, and so found out that they keep for up to two months at room temperature! I suspect that the numerous cucumber seedlings that are growing from my compost are of Crystal Apple origin, so I may end up with some after all.


On Feb 27, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Another vendor describes it as " Originally from New Zealand, apple-shaped when mature. Very tender, creamy white skin. Mild flavor, great for fresh eating, very prolific. Best used when small. 65 days."


On Aug 22, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Solana Seeds describes as follows; "Clear white, oval cucumbers, from the size of a baseball to a grapefruit. Crispy, juicy flesh. Light, refreshing flavor. Pick fruits young for best quality. Rare."