this type starts out green and turns brown as it gets larger and it smells amazing. it can be eaten at either stage. let's hope we don't get sick of them. so far, we like to put them in summer rolls, make a spicy korean cucumber salad and.... ... that's it. i can already see that we're going to be seriously awash in cucumbers with just 2 plants. future plans include pickles, lots of pickles. (hear that, meaghan and nick? let me know which end up being your favorite recipes!) good thing i've been saving our pasta sauce jars for a few months.