I have Burpless cucumbers growing in half whiskey barrels. They are
starting to bloom, but there's about four or five blooms real close
together. Should they be "thinned" out or left alone? They are close to the
bottom of the plant. The vines are about three feet tall and still growing.
The female blossoms bear the fruit (they look like tiny cucumbers).
The male blossoms are just flowers with no fruit to show. Of
course, you could call the fruit bearer the male if so desired.
I know nothing about eating the male blossoms. Omni will have
to provide more details.
Stuffed squash blossoms!
Pull the flower, remove the center stamens, stuff with a spiced rice and
meat mixture, tie the petals shut at the tips.
Steam,fry or bake.
Lots of recipes on google:
"My mother never saw the irony in calling me a Son of a bitch"
Female flowers are attached to the end of a miniature cucumber. Some
varieties produce a bunch of male flowers before they even open the
first female flower. I think you will find that the female flowers come
one at a time.
Don't worry about that. It's technically impossible to make stuffed
squash blossoms from cucumber flowers and NOBODY makes stuffed cucumber
You can't have too many. They will fall off on their own. Unless, like Om
you like to eat that sort of thing.
| I have Burpless cucumbers growing in half whiskey barrels. They are
| starting to bloom, but there's about four or five blooms real close
| together. Should they be "thinned" out or left alone? They are close to
| bottom of the plant. The vines are about three feet tall and still
Cucumbers can be infuriatingly slow to start setting. I think part of
the blame can be attributed to the small size of each blossom: the bees
just don't pay them much attention when there are bigger blooms nearby
offering much bigger pollen rewards. Only when there are vast numbers of
flowers on the cucumber do bees become interested. So I recommend that
the impatient gardener pick a couple of male flowers and gently rub them
around inside each open female flower to carry out the essential
pollination. Do this early in the morning and keep it up each day until
you find yourself competing with the bees! That way you won't waste the
first lot of female flowers.
John Savage (my news address is not valid for email)
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