Cucumbers, All Types and How To Use Them

cucumber-variety
What’s the difference between the variety of cucumbers you see in the market? Actually the difference is huge in terms of taste and crunch but all can be used interchangeably in a recipe, although I certainly have my preference. Check out these varieties and get your summer started with some Classic Cucumber Salad.

Kirby
Knubby and mixed shades of green. About 3-inches long and often 2-inches wide. Tasty firm flesh and thin skin make it a natural for eating raw or pickling.

Persian
My personal favorite! High ratio of skin to flesh, resulting gin concentrated flavor and crunchy texture than can stand up to cooking but excellent as a snack or in salads. Great flavor.

Common Cucumber a.k.a. American cucumber
Thick, often waxed skin and big seeds, which means, peeling is a must. I seed them too because they often shed too much water in salads. Good for the American cucumber salad, but that’s about it.

English Hothouse
Delicious, thin, crisp skin and a delicate aroma. Ideal for juicing and cocktails, salads, and eating. The skin adds color and flavor so leave it on.

Try these recipes with terrific flavorful cucumbers, perfect for sunny days of summer…
Chilled Cucumber Soup
Cucumber and Sesame Mixed Green Salad
Spicy Cucumber Salad with Peanuts
Tandoori Chicken with Cucumber Sauce
Indian Spiced Cucumber Salad
Cucumber and Pomegranate Salad
Classic Cucumber Salad

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