Cucumbers have been around for thousands of years. It is believed that they originated
from either Thailand or India. They are from the gourd family, and considered a fruit.
What varieties are there?
English cucumber or Hothouse cucumber can grow up to 2 feet.
How to choose a cucumber?
Cucumber season is from May to August. Choose a firm cucumber with a smooth
brightly colored dark green skin. Avoid cucumbers with soft spots or shriveled areas.
The fruit is long and cylindrical, with a mild flesh, edible seeds and a dark green skin.
This skin does not require peeling, unless it has been waxed. The cucumber is usually
eaten raw, as in salads. Smaller cucumbers are used for pickles.
How do you store a cucumber?
Store whole cucumbers in a plastic bag in the refrigerator up to 10 days. Wash thoroughly
before using. A cut cucumber can be refrigerated if tightly wrapped for 5 days.
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mint, mustard, paprika, parsley, saffron, savory, tarragon, thyme, turmeric
1 medium cucumber = 1 1/2 cups chopped