You’re looking at lemon cucumbers, delicate cousins of the gherkin and the garden cuke. They are similar to lemons only in appearance; like other cucumbers, they have a mild, cooling flavor. A hint sweeter than green cucumbers, they pair well with lemons for a refreshing summer drink.
No need to peel lemon cucumbers before use, their skin is thin and soft. Just wash them and gently scrub off any pointy bits before slicing. Lemon cucumbers are impossible to find in grocery stores: moisture evaporates through their delicate skin, and they quickly become soft and shriveled. If you can’t find any at your farm stand, you can substitute a peeled, medium-sized garden cucumber for two lemon cucumbers, you’ll just get green lemonade.
Cool as a Cucumber Lemonade
For each 8-ounce serving, you’ll need:
1 lemon cucumber, quartered
Juice of 1 lemon
½ cup ice water
3-4 Tablespoons sugar
Best when chilled before serving, and even better the next day.