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Crispy, Crunchy Cucumbers

Tired of super-sized supermarket cucumbers with thick, overly waxy skins? Tastier varieties are typically smaller with thin bumpy skins.

The Cucurbits' Orbit

Part of the cucurbits family of vine-growing plants (along with melons and watermelons), cucumbers originated in India. Cultivated for centuries, they spread east, through China, and west, aided by Romans and the Spanish, who carried them to the New World.

Cold as a Cucumber

Sliced or grated onto summer salads and sandwiches, cucumbers also commonly accompany cold salmon and are key to Greek tzatziki and Indian raitas, cooling yogurt sauces that temper spicy foods. They're tasty sliced, salted, and sautéed quickly in butter. Thinly sliced and served in lemonade or cocktails, cucumbers also make refreshing summer sips.

Tickled about Pickles

When the garden runneth over with cucumbers, make pickles! The best pickling cucumbers are short, stubby, bumpy varieties, not the big waxy kind better suited for salads. Preserve them to eat with sandwiches, salads and meats during the winter months.


Mar. 21, 2011 2:07 pm
I make cucumber sandwiches
Apr. 8, 2011 2:06 pm
How does one preserve cucumbers to eat with sandwiches during the winter months without pickling?
Aug. 17, 2011 3:32 pm
Aug. 20, 2011 11:34 am
Peanut butter and cucumber sandwiches are a classic summer lunch with my family.
Aug. 13, 2012 5:02 pm
Vicki, I think that was just a sentence structure issue - it sounds like it says "not the big waxy kind, preserve those ones for sandwiches.." but really meant, "The best pickling cucumbers are short bumpy varieties... preserve them to eat with sandwiches".
Aug. 13, 2012 5:46 pm
I like my cucumbers rolled in flour and deep fried. Yummy!
Jul. 27, 2013 5:31 pm
simple recipe = cucumber diced, grape tomatoes halved, perlini mozzarella balls, lemon juice, S & P :)
Jul. 28, 2013 12:37 pm
easy to make cucumber salad peel 2 large cucumbers, slice it all up, put in a bowl add 1/3 cup of white vinegar, let it set for 5 minutes, stir occasionally, drain it all off, then add 1/3 of 1 large onion sliced up, 1/2 of a tomato in chunks, add tablespoons of sugar and 3 humped tablespoons of miracle whip, stir till creamy, refrigerate for 2 hrs, simple and easy, husband loves it for 31 years, and wants it at least 2 times a week all summer long
Jul. 28, 2013 4:53 pm
that was 2 tablespoons of sugar --- sorry
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