Who Knew There Was Such a Thing as Albino Cucumbers?

If you’re tired of growing or eating the same old green cucumbers, you’ll be pleased to hear that there's actually an alternative — albino cucumbers. As their name suggests, these heirloom cucumbers are a bright white, even though the stalks they grow on have a common dark green foliage. Albino cucumbers don’t simply occur as an anomaly, although that may have been the case with the first such specimen. They're actually a slowly developed variety of cucumber that dates back to 1893, when the Burpee seed company featured them in its famous catalog for the first time. The first one had been sent in by a customer in 1890, and Burpee spent the next three years breeding and evaluating the plant before launching it commercially. Over the last century, albino cucumbers have become known under many names, including “White Wonder”, “Ivory King,” “Jack Frost,” “Landreths White Slicing” and “White Albino.” They’re said to be exceptionally crisp and delicious, without the bitter taste. Great for salads, pickles or gourmet dishes, the albino cucumber’s skin is so thin it doesn’t even need peeling.