Right out of the garden

It's long and green.

Too big for my tiny hands.


I carry it gently to the house.

Not too tight or the prickles will hurt.


My grandma washes it off in her kitchen sink.

She slices some for her salad. The rest is for me.


I carefully pick up a slice between two fingers. No longer prickly, I examine the outside skin. It's bright green, with spots of white. I see small flecks of brown. They must be from it's home back in the garden. Inside is pale green, almost white. I count the seeds and debate on eating them first. I love to make a ring, and those seeds are my favorite part.

I decide to take a bite. Working my way from the outside in, saving my favorite part for last. The dark green outside is chewy and almost sharp. If I don't chew it enough, pieces get stuck between my tiny teeth.

The taste is so hard to describe. It's like nothing else I love to eat. The pale green, almost white, is fresh, crisp, and just tastes healthy.


The green is gone and all that remains are the juicy, slimy seeds. I pop the whole center of the slice in my mouth. I know if I try to eat each seed individually, they will slide down my chin and onto the floor.

There's not a distinct taste to the seeds. Just juicy, fresh and clean.

I cannot compare the flavor of this food to any other, but for as long as I can remember, cucumbers have been my favorite. Especially right out of the garden.



The Red Dress Club


This week's prompt:
write about your favorite fresh fruit or vegetable.



10 comments:

Elena said...

I love cucumbers right out of the garden. It's funny how much better fruits/veggies taste when you grow them. Good job!

Kmama said...

Great descriptors.

A cucumber with some salt is my fav!

amygrew said...

You described everything so clearly! Good job!

Galit Breen said...

You rocked this one lady! You brought me right into the garden, tasting the healthy flavor.

Also, I couldn't wait to find out what vegetable it was! I scrolled ahead to find out and then reread. Did I just admit that?

Well done!

HonestConvoGal said...

MMMM. I love cucumbers straight from the garen too. I could feel the prickly skin and smell their fresh goodness. Well done.

letmestartbysaying said...

I could never decide whether I liked them better warm from the sun in the garden better than cold from the fridge. Yum!
Great job.

Dysfunctional Mom said...

I love the way you wrote this!
I love cukes, especially with ranch dressing. YUM!

Sluiter Nation said...

I never knew that cucumbers were prickley when they first come out of the garden! And my mom always grew them! Crazy!

This was so lovely...I liked how you really focused your whole attention on the cucumber...especially this:

"The green is gone and all that remains are the juicy, slimy seeds. I pop the whole center of the slice in my mouth. I know if I try to eat each seed individually, they will slide down my chin and onto the floor."

I have never been a huge cuc fan, but this made them sound so juicy and delicious!

Elaine A. said...

Yep, nothing like fresh cucumbers right out of the garden for sure! My grandma's were always so good too. Great memories...

Lizz said...

*sigh* I love cucumbers so much! Have you ever made cucumber water in the summer? Just float a BUNCH of slices in a pitcher with water. SO delicious and refreshing!