Cucumbers


The History of the Cucumber

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.

Spices

anise seed, basil, caraway seed, chervil, chives, cilantro, cumin, dill, fennel, marjoram,

mint, mustard, paprika, parsley, saffron, savory, tarragon, thyme, turmeric

Equivalency

1 medium cucumber = 1 1/2 cups chopped

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