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Cucumber

The cucumber, also known as the cuke, is a green vegetable related to the squash and melon. Cucumbers are popular in salads and as pickles.

Varieties

  • Persian cucumbers are also  known as regular cucumbers with soft, edible seeds. The skin is often waxed to seal in moisture.

  • English cucumbers are sometimes known as gourmet cucumbers, burpless cucumbers, or seedless cucumbers. This variety has seeds that are very small but do not need to be removed. Longer and thinner than regular cucumbers, this variety is usually shrink-wrapped to seal in moisture because they are not waxed.

  • Pickling cucumbers are stubby and warty.

  • Lemon cucumbers are yellow and oval, like lemons.

Selection and Storage

Itís important to look for firm cucumbers with rich green color (except lemon cucumbers!) and no soft spots. Cucumbers that bulge in the middle tend to be filled with large watery seeds and tasteless flesh.

Whole cucumbers should be refrigerated in a crisper for up to a week. Unwaxed cucumbers will easily lose moisture, so keep them wrapped tightly in plastic.

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