Whether you have enough summer warmth to grow these outside, a greenhouse, or even a bright window, here are some interesting options for the garden with similar climate requirements and taste profiles to cucumbers.
Also known as Loofah, this gourd can be dried on the vine, and made into a durable organic scrubber for the bath or kitchen. The juvenile fruits are also edible, and used in Chinese and Vietnamese cuisines.
Like potatoes, the Caigua vine was domesticated in the Andes, where it is called pepino de rellenar, or “stuffing cucumber.”
An extremely small fruit, Zehneria vines produce sweet, flavour-packed, cucumber-like fruits.
Native to Africa, the horned melon’s flavour has been described as something in between a cucumber, lemon, and banana.
A member of the Solanum family and native to the Andes, the flavour of Pepino is often described as being a mixture of a honeydew and a cucumber.
A member of the mallow family—and native to either South Asia, Ethiopia or West Africa—okra is a fixture in Mediterranean cuisines, South Asian cuisines, and many cuisines across the African diaspora.