5 Tips For Picking Perfect Cucumbers

June18

Have you ever seen one of those spa ads showing some lucky person relaxing with cucumbers on their eyes? Ever wonder: “Why cucumbers?”5 Tips for Buying Perfect Cucumbers

Well, here’s the answer…

Cucumbers are 95% water so they have a hydrating effect. They help get rid of the bags and puffiness beneath and around the eyes and flush out toxins.

Cukes contain vitamin A, vitamin B and vitamin C, which strengthen the immune system. They add bulk and fiber to whatever you’re eating, so you fill up, but don’t pile up the calories. When I’m cooking, I keep cucumber sticks nearby to snack on (especially if I’m preparing a dessert recipe).

Cucumbers are available all year. But they’re in season now, so if you buy locally grown produce, the cucumbers you’ll find in the market will be crisp and amazingly refreshing.

Lemon Cucumbers: 5 Tips for Buying Perfect Cucumbers

Lemon Cucumber

If you’re lucky enough to visit a farmers’ market, you’ll probably see a lot of heirloom varieties. You need to try these cucumbers. This is what a cucumber tasted like “back in the day.” These are real cucumbers. FoodNobs (food+snobs) would say these cucumbers are “honest,” but I don’t know if cucumbers can be “dishonest.”

In the farmers’ market, you might come across yellow cucumbers. Cucumbers that are yellow are usually a bad thing… unless you’ve stumbled upon a lemon cucumber. These cukes are about the size and color of a lemon (no… really?), the skin is thin and the flesh is juicy and bright green with large seeds. They can be eaten just like any other cucumber.

Most cucumbers that we find in supermarkets have been coated in an edible FDA-approved wax to protect the skin and prolong the vegetable’s life. You’ll know the cucumber has been waxed if you run your thumbnail lightly down the side and you see a bit of waxy residue. You can eat the cucumber with the peel on, but scrub it first!

Hothouse-grown English cucumbers are long and skinny, and they usually come wrapped in plastic because they have not been treated with wax. No need to peel or remove the seeds with these cukes!

I’ve pulled together 5 tips for picking perfect cucumbers, to help you pick the best of the season!

5 Tips for Buying Perfect Cucumbers

 

Here are a few other creative cucumber recipe ideas:

  • Makes cucumber ribbons by peeling a whole cucumber, then peeling the flesh lengthwise off the cucumber.
  • Peel and cut a cucumber lengthwise. Remove seeds and fill each half with flavored cream cheese. Put the halves back together, chill, and slice into rounds.
  • Peel a cucumber then cut into ½-inch pieces. “Dry” on a paper towel for 10-mintes and then use a “chip” for hummus or guacamole.

 


 

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6 thoughts on “5 Tips For Picking Perfect Cucumbers

  1. Elizabeth

    I really needed this! A bad cucumber is really, really bad. Thick skin, bitter, yuck!! So, I needed some more info. Plus, I am not on the lookout for a lemon cucumber. Looks delish!! Thanks for educating me!

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    1. Mama Post author

      You are welcome. I bought cucumbers that were soft on the ends for the longest time… they don’t last as long obviously! Thanks for stopping by.

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    1. Mama Post author

      I love dipping cukes into hummus. Your cucumbers will be mega delish because they won’t have that yucky wax on them. Thanks for stopping by!

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I’m Christina Chavez

I was a TV journalist for many years, but with a house full of kids I decided to come off the road, go to culinary school and follow my passion for cooking. Mama’s High Strung is all about food… everything from creative recipe ideas to some really cool kitchen gadgets and cooking tips. I live in Chicago, but I love to travel and write about my food discoveries! You can reach me by email: mama@mamashighstrung.com.