Appalachia Gardening

Richmond Green Apple

Sow True Seeds Richmond Green Apple Cucumber

We planted several varieties of cucumbers this year-but the one I was most anxious to try was the Richmond Green Apple. As many of you know, Sow True Seed sponsored my garden this year-and they very generously allowed me to try out some new things-like the Richmond Green Apple.

Richmond Green Apple Cucumber Sow True Seed

Richmond Green Apple Cucumber; Boston Cucumber

The Richmond Green Apple is a heirloom variety. The cucumbers are round and light colored. The packet says you can eat them with the skin-but I think first you’d have to scrub off all the little poky things cucumbers sometimes have-I’ve just been peeling ours. I’ve heard of lemon cucumbers and I wonder if that’s the same thing as the Richmond Green Apple?

Sow True Seeds Heirloom Cucumber

The other night at supper, I decided to hold a taste testing contest between the Richmond Green Apple and the Boston variety of cucumber.

The results:

*The Deer Hunter said he couldn’t tell a difference between the 2 varieties at all.

*I thought the Richmond Green Apple had a milder flavor with a more tender texture.

*After Chitter put so much salt on her test cukes that she had to go wash them off-she agreed with my verdict.

*Chatter said the exact opposite of what I did-she thought the Boston was milder with a more tender texture.

So there you go-no clear winner from my bunch! I will say I think the Richmond Green Apple is producing very good for us-and it will be a cucumber we grow from now on.

Have you ever had a Richmond Green Apple Cucumber?


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    Jean-François Lacoste
    February 23, 2021 at 1:49 pm


    I would like to know if you have a richmond green apple seeds ?

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    Sue Crane
    June 4, 2016 at 3:14 pm

    they look delicious but I’d most likely do as Chitter did….. love me some salt on my cucumbers.

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    March 29, 2014 at 11:23 pm

    It’s my favorite!! Discovered them at the Marin Farmers Market near our house last year, can’t wait for them to return. I prefer them to lemon cucumbers, and eat them sliced with or without thin slices of gruyere or similar cheese.

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    July 28, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    Nope. But I’d sure like to try them!!

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    Kimberly Burnette
    July 9, 2012 at 9:34 am

    I have grown a variety that looks very similar to the Richmond Green Apple. It is called a Lemon Cucumber and it is shaped about the same, but it is bright yellow. It is also an heirloom variety!

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    July 7, 2012 at 12:04 am

    Cucumbers are one of my favorite veggies! The Israelites complained to YHWH because they did not have them anymore when they left Egypt. They are one of the most nutritious foods you can eat besides an organic ripe banana. Check out the stats on them in this link.
    Pigs are smart: As an animal that can not release toxins and stores digested toxins and food into their fat in less than 4 hours it might be catastrophic for a pig if they did eat one. All those toxins and no where to go when all the cleansing effect of a cucumber got into their system :(One sick pig I would guess???

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    lynn legge
    July 7, 2012 at 12:02 am

    wow tipper i have never seen a cucumber like that.. but it sounds delicious to me.. i adore any cucumbers… and i have to admit.. i am a saltaholic too.. lol
    since its been so hot here.. those cucumbers would be just great for lunch.. as i dont seem to want to cook or eat anything hot .. ughhhh
    p.s i want to thank everyone who prayed for my husband.. he is mending slowly… and with Gods good blessing.. will be healed.
    big ladybug hugs to all

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    Susie Swanson
    July 6, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    I’ve never heard of these, but they look awfully tasty..I love cucumbers ..

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    Madge @ The View From Right Here
    July 6, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    Those almost look like a ‘wild’ inedible cuke!

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    July 6, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    I’m not so interested in cucumbers…at least not in eating them. But what I find amazing is that you have two teenaged girls who will sit down with their parents at the supper table—and talk about cucumbers!! There’s hope for this old world!

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    Miss Cindy
    July 6, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    Never seen a cucumber like that and never seen a cucumber I didn’t like. Cucumbers are great in salad, great to just eat and great on a sandwich. I love a cucumber and sweet onion sandwich with mayo, salt and pepper. Also like a cucumber and tomato sandwich also with mayo, salt and pepper.
    Now about that peanut butter….PB and dill pickles make a fine sandwich. I’d probably starve to death if someone took my PB away! LOL
    Thanks so much to Ethelene for your fine words and deeds for our forgotten heroes.

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    Ronald D. Weddle, MD
    July 6, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    I have never cared for cucumbers, and can remember the info referred to by Professor Casada above from my grandfather: Hogs won’t eat cucumbers, and since they will eat almost anything, then cucumbers must not be fit to eat. I have found that if soaked in vinegar, water and sugar for a while they are much more palatable, and once pickled, I can eat them. If I find them in salads, I usually pick them out and pass them on to my wife who likes them.
    As a youth, we grew cucumbers commercially for a few years. The packing companies wanted the small finger-sized cucumbers and paid a reasonable price for those, but it took so many to produce a pound, that the financial return was limited. The packers would pay practically nothing for the larger cukes, but yet they were obviously used in many products seen on the grocery shelves. It seemed to be one of many examples of the farmer being taken advantage of. As fast as the cucumbers grew, they had to be picked every day or more in order to catch them in the small size the packers preferred so it was very labor intensive.

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    Ron Banks
    July 6, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    I have not seen that type of cucumber before but my favorite summer sandwich is cucumber and bologna(baloney)with a smidge of mayo,salt & pepper. Yum yum! It might sound weird but it is sho nuff good!

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    July 6, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    I’ve never been a fan of cucumbers, but that Richmond Green Apple looks good enough to try:)

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    Ethelene Dyer Jones
    July 6, 2012 at 11:06 am

    Of all the cucumbers I’ve grown and seen grown on my fathers’ and brothers’ farms, I’ve yet to see Richmond Golden Apple. Interesting. I’ve been going out to Georgia War Veterans Home for more than six years now. My husband was there for four of those six. He was unable to participate in helping the Vets who were able to make their garden. Since my husband’s passing in January, 2011, I’ve continued to make visits to the friends I made while he was there; several of them, too, have passed on. But some who are able to get about, even in a wheel chair, make a garden every spring/early summer. They invite me to help gather the produce, and also give me some. Just now with our extreme heat and draught, the garden’s production is just about over for this season. But there have been some great vegetables this year: cucumbers, of the regular variety, and some with the “green apple” color, but long and slender (I don’t know the name;) and bell peppers galore, as well as squash, tomatoes and okra. I made stuffed peppers as the main course, and also cooked fried squash and okra and green beans (which they didn’t grow, but I bought fresh). We had a “tail gate” picnic under the trees near the garden! They enjoyed the repast, and I could not but feel happy that I had brought smiles, a home-cooked meal, and enjoyment to some great men who were willing to give their lives for our country. Sometimes it’s the little things that count. Some of these men have outlived their families and have very few visitors. If there’s a kindness you can extend to someone of our “Greatest Generation” who is still around–and probably lonely–I encourage you to receive a blessing by extending a kind deed or a visit to them. (End of my sermonette for today!)

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    July 6, 2012 at 11:04 am

    My goodness! Some of your commenters have weird tastes.
    Cucumbers use to hurt my stomach
    till someone told me peel them,
    and that helped alot. To me they
    smell better than they taste. This
    year I didn’t plant any cukes or
    squash, they mostly go to waste.

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    July 6, 2012 at 10:37 am

    Lemon cucumbers have a slight citrus taste and are more yellow. I wonder if you can pickle lemon cucumbers so they last through the winter?

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    July 6, 2012 at 10:36 am

    Never heard of anyone else liking PB and pickle sandwiches. Mom used to make PB, brown sugar and mustard sandwiches. “The sugar is to counteract the tartness of the mustard and the mustard to cut the sweetness of the brown sugar and the PB sticks ’em together”. That was her reasoning. Try it!

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    dolores barton
    July 6, 2012 at 10:32 am

    No, I have never heard of the Richmond Green Apple Cuke. However, if I don’t place them into a tossed salad, I will serve them cut up without the skin with a sprinkling of lemon pepper, a combination that can be bought in the grocery store. They are very tasty and a rather healthy way to serve as a snack or appetizer.

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    Jim Casada
    July 6, 2012 at 10:04 am

    Tipper–That cuke is a new one to me, but it sounds interesting. I’ll make several points.
    *Pigs absolutely won’t touch a cucumber, and as a result, Daddy would never eat them either. His reasoning was simple–I’m not going to eat anything a pig won’t touch, because they’ll eat most anything.
    *I thought I had some pretty adventurous and wide-ranging culinary interests (I’ve got a recipe for muskrat, have eaten cougar backstrap, have eaten armadillo, etc.), but B. Ruth has ventured into forbidden terrain with pickles and peanut butter. On the other hand, I can do some damage to a sandwich made with crunchy peanut butter and slathered with so much honey the bread is soaked through.
    *Wonder what purpose those little knobs on cucumbers serve? They are pretty well non-existent on the big, long, store-bought ones.
    *In England you regularly find cucumber sandwiches (made with cukes, cream cheese, and a sprinkling of dill weed) on menus, and they are a favorite for “high tea.”
    Interesting, as is invariably the case.
    Jim Casada

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    July 6, 2012 at 9:53 am

    my first ever viewing or hearing of a cucumber like this one. i do love them so know i would like this one. ha ha on the salt, i cover mine to

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    July 6, 2012 at 9:37 am

    B.-no apple flavor in the ones I’ve eaten so far : )
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    July 6, 2012 at 9:18 am

    With all the flesh, it looks like it would be a good variety for making cucumber spread…lots of trouble, but sure is good!

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    July 6, 2012 at 9:04 am

    No, I have never eaten a Richmond Green Apple cucumber! Does it have a tint of apple flavor at all..or is it just the sweet taste? It appears in your photo to have small seeds with more flesh. Is it the same appearance in all of the fruit?…
    Now then, when we get the white prickles on our means to us that the temperature was just too dang hot and they were trying to protect themselves from some varmint to save their seeds…Some small pickling cucumbers seem warty but have no prickles, go figure! LOL…A curling cucumber also means to us that at some point it didn’t get the right amount of water or cooler nights…All this may be wrong, but that is what we have found thru our gardening experience…
    Well, this year is another story…Does anyone love curley, white, fried cucumbers right off the vine…LOL
    I have a recipe for a table fiest of cucumbers that’s so good with an “aig salat sandwich” on a summer day..I will leave that comment on my next visit today…gotta go..
    We have fog here…August fogs in July…what the heck is going on!
    Thanks Tipper, Gonna try me some of those Apple cucumbers…Bet they’d be purty sliced and soaked in vinegary beet juice for a spell. Course I’m weird, I happen to love Sweet Pickles and peanut butter sandwiches…Yummm!

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