info: Cucumbers are a kind of gourd. They have a pale green flesh with a crisp texture and mild flavor.
storage: Refrigerate uncut in a crisper drawer for up to one week.
preparation: Wash well in cold water. Peel skin if desired.
Cucumbers are best eaten raw and make an excellent addition to salads and sandwiches.
The cucumber is believed to be native to India, and evidence indicates that it has been cultivated in Western Asia for 3,000 years. The cucumber is also listed among the foods of ancient Ur and the legend of Gilgamesh describes people eating cucumbers. Some sources also state that it was produced in ancient Thrace, and it is certainly part of modern cuisine in Bulgaria and Turkey, parts of which make up that ancient state. From India, it spread to Greece (where it was called “vilwos”) and Italy (where the Romans were especially fond of the crop), and later into China. … read more