Dragon’s Egg Cucumbers

Dragon's Egg cucumbers with backyard eggs

How beautiful is this? Eggs from my Barred Rock, my Easter Egger, my Cochin, and my very own backyard dragons! (What, you didn’t know I had backyard dragons?)

This Dragon’s Egg heirloom variety came all the way from Croatia and is one of my favorite cucumbers to grow this season. The palm-sized cukes have smooth cream-colored skin and seedy white flesh. They’re just the right amount of sweet, crisp and juicy, and even better, they’re quite the eye-catcher in the garden. Sometimes I don’t even want to slice them up!

Dragon's Egg heirloom cucumbers from Croatia

Dragon's Egg cucumber with seedy white flesh

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August 29 2012      11 comments     Linda Ly
Jardín   Verduras

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  • Karri

    Hi there! I know this was posted a while ago, but this is my second year growing these guys and I had a question. I noticed that the rind was quite tough and prickly– is it because I’m picking them too late or too early, or should I just peel them?

    • http://www.gardenbetty.com/ Linda Ly

      Mine tend to be more prickly when they’re young, but technically they’re edible at any stage. I usually leave my cucumbers on the vine until they reach the size of a large lemon. I don’t find the skins that thick, but that could also be personal taste or just a characteristic of the seeds you have. (Every batch of heirloom seeds I grow, even for the same varieties, tends to be a little different.)

      • Karri

        Ahh, I see, thank you! I guess I’m just more used to the thinner skins of store cukes. They made awesome pickles, though.

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  • http://www.thebokflock.blogspot.com/ Mrs Bok

    We call them apple cucumbers.  Just found your blog and I’m loving it!  Go girl.

    • http://www.gardenbetty.com/ Linda Ly

      Thank you!

  • http://diyorganiclawncare.blogspot.com/ OrganicLawnDIY

    Wow. Those look cool! I’ve never seen anything like them before. 

    How do they go with fresh homemade hummus or tzaziki?

    • http://www.gardenbetty.com/ Linda Ly

      I haven’t tried them with hummus or tzatziki, but I imagine they’d be good. These cukes aren’t bitter at all.

  • James Hodge

    Where can one get these seeds? I’d like to try them next season.