Have you ever heard anyone say this: “cool as a cucumber” well that saying actually derives from the cucumber’s ability to cool you off by controlling the temperature of your blood! And if you think that is scary you might want to look away from this lot…
Top 10 Rare and Unusual Cucumbers
10 – African Horned
Also called the “blowfish fruit” the horned cucumber with its spiky yellow exterior and the juicy green interior is a vibrant contrast of colours which apparently tastes like a cross between a cucumber and a zucchini!
>9 – Hedgehog
These ornamental cucumbers are fun and easy to grow and a fun climbing plant which producing lots of pale green, round decorative, spiny cucumbers!
8 – Dragon’s Eggs
With such an amazing name, you expect nothing short of one amazing cucumber and the creamy white “Dragon’s Egg” heirloom cucumber slightly sweeter taste than any other cucumber.
7 – Hmong Reds
The fruits of the Hmong Red Cucumber are white to pale green, turning golden-orange-red as they ripen. The Hmong tribe live on the borders of Thailand, China, Burma, Laos and Vietnam, and are a very ancient people and grow some very ancient cucumbers.
6 – Crystal Lemons
The Crystal Lemon Cucumber is sweet, mild, and very juicy and only looks like a bitter lemon. This climbing cucumber is apparently the perfect snack fruit and is apparently super healthy.
5 – Kaiser Alexanders
The Kaiser Alexander Cucumber is extremely rare and was named for the Russian Emperor Alexander who liked to eat his cucumbers when they were fully mature and past the eating stage!
4 – Gaks
The Gak Cucumber (also called the Spring bitter cucumber) is considered to be one of the healthiest fruits in the world, treating illness such as fever, abscess and back pain!
3 – Kigelias
Kigelia cucumbers come from a tree that locals call the sausage tree! Some of its fruits have been measured at almost 3 meters long!
2 – Armenians
Don’t worry, this cucumber doesn’t have human legs, that is just someone carrying a load of them. What this super curly cucumber does have it small seeds and a very thin skin!
1 – Magnolias
You are looking at the rarest cucumbers that aren’t scientifically speaking a cucumber at all! Often never seen due to their 6–8 cm size they grow on the Magnolia cucumber tree.