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Cucumber, English

Cucumber, English

Description

English cucumbers are 8-10 inches long with smooth, dark green skins, a crisp, crunchy texture and a mild, refreshing flavor. They are sweeter, have thinner skin than other varieties and are nearly seedless. Unlike other slicing cucumbers, English cucumbers are not coated in wax to preserve shelf life, but instead are wrapped in plastic.

Pack Size

16 count Case
Each

Applications/Techniques

Cucumbers are most often used raw in salads, sandwiches and sushi rolls. Thick skinned cucumbers may need to be peeled. There is no need to remove the seeds unless they are hard and overdeveloped. Avoid dressing cucumbers in advance as they will give off too much water and dilute the flavor of the dish.

History

Cucumbers are scientifically known as Cucumis sativus and belong to the same botanical family as melons (including watermelon and cantaloupe) and squashes (including summer squash, winter squash, zucchini and pumpkin). Commercial production of cucumbers is usually divided into two types. "Slicing cucumbers" are produced for fresh consumption. "Pickling cucumbers" are produced for eventual processing into pickles. Slicing cucumbers are usually larger and have thicker skins, while pickling cucumbers are usually smaller and have thinner skins.

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