Cucumbers are a very popular vegetable and used in many different types of cuisine. The botanical cousins of melons and squashes, these cool customers are a refreshing combination of the flavor profile and crisp texture of the two. And who doesn’t love a cute baby? Not only adorable, mini cucumbers are tender with a softer skin and great for quick healthy snacks, dipping and pickling.
The versatility of cucumbers has evolved them from salad toppers of days gone by, to creative ingredient ideas for many other dishes. Among the many refreshing and clever ideas are using cucumber slices as replacements for crackers as appetizer foundations, or in tasty cocktails created by innovative mixologists.
Green Giant™ Fresh Cucumbers are available year round.
Care & Handling
Select cucumbers which are firm to the touch and avoid those which are bumpy, discolored, or have wrinkled near the ends. They are at their peak flavor when the outer rind is dark green and the inner flesh is white to pale green. The seeds should be tender and need not be removed before eating.
Keep whole cucumbers in the crisper section of your refrigerator, wrapped tightly in plastic, for up to one week.
Cucumbers which have been waxed can be peeled prior to use, but it is not a necessity. Cucumbers which have not had a wax applied to their skin need not be peeled, but scrubbed free of dirt and debris.
Nutrition & Health Benefits:
Cucumbers are a low fat, low cholesterol food. They are very low in sodium and are considered to be a good source of Vitamins A C and K, and potassium.