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What are the best tasting cucumbers?

Last Updated: 18th January, 2020

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The 5 Best-Tasting Cucumbers to Try This Season
  • Painted Serpent Cucumber. You won't find these at the grocery store as their shape makes them tricky to transport in distributor trucks (we source locally so we can deliver them to you with shape still intact!).
  • Kirby Cucumber. This is the classic pickling cucumber.
  • Persian Cucumber.
  • Japanese Cucumber.

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Also asked, can you eat small cucumbers?

Slicing Cucumbers: The green cucumbers we eat fresh. In North America these are long and have a thick skin, while in other countries these can be small with a delicate skin. Within this category are American Slicing Cucumbers and English Cucumbers.

Also, what is the easiest cucumber to grow? Cucumber Varieties: Best Bets and Easy-to-Grow

  • Slicing Cucumbers Varieties: • Dasher II.
  • Burpless Cucumber Varieties: • Burpless Hybrid.
  • Space-Saver Cucumber Varieties: •
  • Pickling Cucumber Varieties: •
  • Cucumber Growing Success Tips. A big cucumber harvest requires just a bit of extra effort early in the season.

Also know, do all cucumbers taste the same?

Taste and Texture An English cucumber is generally sweeter than the regular, common cucumber which has many large seeds, contributing to their bitter flavor. The skin is thinner than a slicing cucumber and therefore doesn't need to be peeled.

What are the different types of cucumbers?

Cucumber (Cucumis sativus) is a widely cultivated plant in the gourd family, Cucurbitaceae. It is a creeping vine that bears cucumiform fruits that are used as vegetables. There are three main varieties of cucumber: slicing, pickling, and seedless. Within these varieties, several cultivars have been created.

Related Question Answers

Becky Pickl

Professional

Should cucumbers be refrigerated?

According to a post at Root Simple, cucumbers should be stored at room temperature – not in the refrigerator. Root Simple cites the University of California, Davis, which determined that cucumbers are sensitive to temperatures below 50°F. When stored at room temperature, cucumbers thrive and last longer.

Cancio Pie

Professional

Why are English cucumbers wrapped in plastic?

Plastic wrap serves as an extra layer of protection for cucumbers that have particularly thin skin, like English cucumbers. The tight plastic wrapping also helps cucumbers last longer in the fridge at home. It acts as both an insulator to protect against cold injury and prevents and slows dehydration and spoilage.

Yousef Glagolevsky

Professional

Should cucumbers be peeled?

To maximize their nutrient content, cucumbers should be eaten unpeeled. Peeling them reduces the amount of fiber, as well as certain vitamins and minerals (3). Eating cucumbers with the peel provides the maximum amount of nutrients.

Jagtar Fogelbaum

Explainer

Are white cucumbers safe to eat?

It's best not to eat diseased white cucumbers. Those that are white because of blanching or too much rain are safe to eat, although nutrient deficiencies may result in a significant loss of flavor.

Lory Belchuk

Explainer

What is the best way to store cucumbers?

Wrap the cucumber in plastic wrap. Keeping the cucumber wrapped minimizes the amount of moisture on the cucumber, which slows the process of decay. After wrapping, put the cucumber in the refrigerator. This should keep it cold enough to stay fresh for one week to 10 days.

Aslam Godehardt

Explainer

What can you do with cucumber peels?

Composting that pile of peels is a fine option, but you can actually use them to make a tasty, summery, sandwich spread. Think of it as a cucumber tea sandwich shmear. Just blend half a cup of cream cheese, two teaspoons of Dijon mustard, and two cups of finely chopped arugula for every large cucumber's worth of peel.

Bakr Juvanteny

Pundit

What happens if you eat a bad cucumber?

If you see only slight signs of spoilage, the cucumber is still safe to eat as long as you cut out the spoiled areas. The entire skin of the cucumber feels slimy. In this case, throw away the entire cucumber, because the spoilage that you see on the outside reflects even more spoilage inside the vegetable.

Charissa Harkov

Pundit

How do you increase the yield of a cucumber?

Pick cucumbers as soon as they reach the minimum size for their type, to get sweeter cucumbers and increase yield. Harvest pickling cucumbers at 2 to 3 inches long, slicing cucumbers when 6 to 10 inches long and English cucumbers when they are 12 to 15 inches long.

Abdu Geffert

Pundit

Do I need to peel English cucumbers?

These cucumbers also have a thin skin and fewer seeds than most other cucumbers. English cucumbers are easy to prepare, as you do not have to peel the skin or deseed them. Enjoy the subtle flavor of fresh English cucumbers by slicing them and preparing sandwiches or salads.

Abdellah Axcarraga

Pundit

Do you need to wash English cucumbers?

The Safe Way to Wash Cucumbers
This same advice goes for most firm produce, including melons and avocados, according to the USDA and CDC. Soap or special produce cleansers are not necessary and not recommended. In addition, keep cucumbers refrigerated in order to prevent multiplication of any bacteria present.

Johna Cueco

Pundit

Are cucumbers seedless?

Not all cucumbers have those pesky hard seeds -- many are bred to have underdeveloped seeds that are hardly noticeable, much like seedless watermelons. These cucumbers need no seeding or even peeling because their skins are so tender.

Dobromir Baio

Teacher

Can you eat the skin of a seedless cucumber?

You can eat the entire vegetable, too, including the skin, which is sweet and never bitter. The flesh is smooth and refreshingly moist. Often sold as "seedless" or "burpless" cucumbers, the English variety is mild and never induces dyspeptic side effects.

Deirdre Gaedike

Teacher

Can I use regular cucumbers to make pickles?

You can use whichever kind of cucumbers you want: Small pickling cucumbers, regular cucumbers or English cucumbers (the ones that come in shrink-wrapped). If you want the softest skins and fewest seeds possible, go for the small pickling cucumbers. This also recipe works equally well for making whole pickles.

Bentor Ganci

Teacher

Do you have to seed a cucumber?

Find out why seeding a cucumber is sometimes necessary—and how to get the job done. Fresh cucumbers are fantastic to snack on, seeds and all, but seeding a cucumber is sometimes a key step when cooking. Like tomato and pepper seeds, cucumber seeds add excess moisture to recipes if they're left intact.

Marina Vyazikov

Teacher

What is a seedless cucumber?

The seedless cucumbers grown in hothouses are sweeter and thinner-skinned than other pickling or slicing varieties and believed easier on the digestive system, hence the name “burpless.” The name “seedless” is also misleading, as the cucumbers do produce smaller, thinner seeds that are suitable for propagation.

Naaima Jack

Reviewer

Do English cucumbers cause gas?

Cucumber is also not a friendly snack for people with sensitive stomachs. It contains an ingredient called cucurbitacin, which is a powerful ingredient, known to cause indigestion problems. Even a little growling or indigestion can lead to flatulence or burping, which again makes it difficult to rest with ease.

Alexey Erario

Reviewer

How can you tell the difference between a cucumber and a zucchini?

The first clue is the stem end of the fruit -- zucchini has a woody stem at the end while a cucumber has a small, circular scar. Feel the two in your hand and you'll notice cucumbers have a waxy skin, while zucchini skins are dull.

Nelo Nasikan

Reviewer

How many cucumbers can you get from one plant?

Cucumber Production
Generally, a healthy pickling cucumber plant produces about 5 pounds of cucumbers per plant. If you plant cucumbers for slicing and eating fresh, plan on growing about 2 to 3 plants per person in your household; healthy plants generally grow 10, 6-ounce cucumbers per plant.

Ann Pieroni

Reviewer

Can cucumbers and tomatoes be planted next to each other?

Cucumbers are considered compatible with tomatoes. The two plants are companion plants, mutually beneficial to each other. Both tomatoes and cucumbers dislike growing near potatoes.