Ingredient: Cucumber


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Cucumber

 

  • Description-

Cucumbers are green cylinders that grow as a creeping vine. Cucumbers have a mild melon flavor and are known for their refreshing taste.

  • Preparation-

Cucumbers, depending on the type, are eaten raw, often added to salads or dipped in dressings.  Cucumbers are also pickled and preserved.  They are great for juicing due to their large water content.

  • Varieties-

There are three most common cucumbers:

  • Slicing-

These cucumbers are large when fully grown and eaten raw. They have a tough outer green skin that can be eaten or peeled off.

  • Pickling-

These cucumbers are smaller than a slicer cucumber.  They are shorter, designed to fit into jars and onto sandwiches!  You can eat them as is of course, but you can also try your hand in pickling.  Sweet pickles, dill pickles, garlic pickles..they are all great!

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  • Storage-

Store fresh cucumbers in your refrigerator for about a week.

  • Nutrition-

Cucumbers are mostly water, about 95%. They are most noted for vitamin K.

Overwhelmed with cukes?  Try one of these quick refrigerator pickles to extend their life and add delicious flavor!

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Recipes Using Cucumber

Farmer Jamie’s Baked Cucumbers in Basil Cream

This is Farmer Jamie’s suggestion, from Farmer John’s cookbook. It’s a tasty departure from the cool cucumber, as this one spends time in the oven. Delicious when the basil and cukes are both popping in the fields.


Melon Salsa

A quick and fresh way to enjoy that extra summer melon. This salsa is sweet and spicy in all the right places, and quite easy to make your own. Feel free to play with the flavors depending on which of these melons and herb combos you have on hand, and enjoy!


Fried Cucumbers

This is an old family recipe from a “Legacy” cookbook of senior cooks of the Merrimack Valley. If you’re looking for a change from the “cool as a cucumber” cuke, this innovative recipe is for you!


Sour Cream Cucumbers

Sour cream is a welcome addition to cool and crisp seasonal cucumbers. A bit of sugar and white vinegar adds a sweet tang, along with the optional basil and sweet onion. When looking for something different to do with your cukes, this is a good go-to dish!