Lemon Cucumber Pickles. Pickles Have Never Tasted So Good!

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So I found a few things I had never really seen before at the farmer’s market last week. Anyone else ever find something odd or intriguing in the produce section? Well, I spotted this new little veggie amidst hordes of green cucumbers of every shape and size, and just had to try it out. Introducing the Lemon Cucumber…

Lemon cucumbers are an heirloom variety of cucumber that originated in India, but you can find them all over, especially at farmer’s markets. They taste like a super delicious cucumber, mild and juicy! Their skin is less firm, they have larger seeds, and they have a higher water content than your standard green pickling cucumber. And no, they do not taste anything like a lemon, they just have a lemon-like appearance when they are ripe and ready to eat. They are perfect raw, over salads, or on sandwiches. And I’m not even a huge cucumber lover, but these little guys are good!

The man at the farmer’s market said these guys are great to pickle, so after some thought and research, I came up with this tasty little pickling recipe. I hope you like it! We devoured our entire bowl of pickles in less than a day :)

Lemon Cucumber Pickles

A bread and butter-like dill pickle, perfect for sandwiches or as a treat on their own. The flavors of dill, garlic, and apple cider vinegar really set these pickles over the top, I’m drooling a little, thinking about them. :P

3 Baseball Sized Lemon Cucumbers
1/2 Small Red Onion
1/2 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
1/2 Cup Rice Vinegar
1/2 Cup Water
3 Tbs. Kosher Salt (1 T. sprinkled through layers, 2 T. in vinegar and water)
3 Cloves Garlic Crushed
1/4 tsp. coriander Seed
1/4 tsp. Black Peppercorns
1 tsp. Dill (or small bunch fresh dill)
1 Bay Leaf
1/4 tsp. Mustard Seed

Bring Vinegar, Water, and 2 Tbs. Salt to a boil.

While the brine is heating. Rinse and slice cucumber and prepare remaining ingredients. Layer Seasonings, Onion, Garlic, Cucumbers, and 1 Tbs. Salt in a jar or bowl.

Once vinegar has boiled, pour over the cucumbers and spices until bowl or jar is filled and cucumbers are completely covered. Refrigerate for at least an hour, and enjoy!

We cooked up these pickles, and within an hour I was eating them on a yummy chicken sandwich. If you can’t find lemon cucumbers, feel free to use any old cucumber for this recipe. So good, super easy, little time, and no canning required. These can keep for a day or 2 in your fridge no problem. I didn’t have any canning jars, so I just layered mine in a bowl and covered with a smaller bowl to keep the cucumbers in the brine. If you have jars, by all means make them in those. Oh yum, I’ve got to make these again!

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  1. Those are curious looking cucumbers! It’s that pickling time of year, isn’t it? I just made some myself. Enjoy!

    • It sure is! May-August :) … They are fun little cucumbers, but I was really surprised with the taste, they’re so delicious. Pick some up if you ever come across them.

  2. I’ve been meaning to try pickling for years – ever since I tried my first homemade one actually! Thanks for sharing. Also, your pictures and your blog are beautiful!


    • Oh hank you Sarah! This was my first attempt at homemade pickling too, and I have to tell you, I don’t think I’ll ever go back. So fresh and simple, and you can make it to your own taste.

  3. I’ve never heard of them before. I love pickles though, so I’m going to have to keep my eye out.

    • Yeah keep looking for them, you may find them more as seeds for your garden.

  4. How interesting! I’ve never seen them at our farmer’s market. I will be sure to keep my eyes peeled :) Thanks for linking up to Pin Inspiration Thursday :)

    • Thanks for hosting. They’re all over Northern California…

  5. Oh, I love pickles. I may need to look for those cute little cucumbers at the farmer’s market.

    We’d love for you to link up to our Finished Friday Blog Party.

  6. Where were you last year when I got 47 of these frommy farm share?!?! Now, I will try them with my 6 ripe regular cukes we picked from our garden yesterday and I will have to pick up a few of these special lemon cukes when I see them at the farmers market! PINNED:)

  7. I have never heard of of had lemon cuc pickles. Since I love pickles and lemon this sounds so good. I’ve often thought of doing a farm share but haven’t yet. I’ve been doing a lot of canning and making pickles so I will be giving these a try. My fingers are crossed you’ll share with Sunday’s Best tonight – lemon pickles need to be shared!

  8. I’ve never seen lemon cucumbers before!! Very interesting!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  9. Those lovely lemon cukes are my favorite but I don’t see them very often at the market. And you prepare them just like my mom did. I could eat these every day during the summer.

  10. Oh my goodness, don’t those cukes looks adorable! What a great pickle recipe! I think your dish looks so stunning because of your unusual lemon cukes! YUMMY!
    Thank you so much for joining ON THE MENU MONDAY with this delicious recipe!

  11. I LOVE lemon cucumbers! Your pickles would be amazing! Thanks for the recipe!

    • Thanks Erin! Aren’t they just so tasty? I was super surprised, not a huge cucumber fan, but these little heirlooms rock!

  12. You had me at cucumber! I am trying these. Thank you for sharing. I enjoyed my visit to your lovely blog. I hope you will join our hop tomorrow. Hugs!

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