Thursday, August 10, 2006

When making salads I always use Kirby's because that is the only cucumber available in my neighborhood and luckily we like it. That's not true actually. There are the tall fat ones also available(don't know the name)but they have no flavor and are too watery. So I stick to the Kirby's. As you know I recently found and tried a Persian cucumber and liked it. But that supermarket was miles and miles from my house so I stocked up a little. When I purchased the Persian cucumber I also brought a seedless cucumber or also known as a English cucumber. Rachel Ray is always talking about them on 30 Minute Meals so I thought I would try it. It was very good. They aren't really seedless though. They just have much smaller seeds making it less prone to be bitter. When cucumbers age the seeds make their taste bitter. Plus the English/seedless cucumber is wrapped in plastic so it doesn't lose too much water. I peeled the skin even though Rachel Ray says you don't have to because they are not waxed but I just don't like the flavor of the skin. No matter how clean it is.


Jesser said...

I must admit, I'm a big fan of cucumbers ... too bad they're of practically no nutritional value (maybe persians are different?).

foodiechickie said...

As am I Jess. I read up on what you said. I have heard it before. I found this information on Wikipedia. I love that site by the way. Always reading it cheers me up when I am glum.
This is what it said about cucumbers. More nutrious than originally thought and in the squash family:

"Although less nutritious than most fruit, the fresh cucumber is still a very good source of vitamin C, vitamin K, and potassium, and also provides some dietary fiber, vitamin A, vitamin B6, thiamin, folate, pantothenic acid, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper, and manganese. The pickling process removes or degrades much of the nutrient content, especially that of vitamin C."

Yvett said...

I had no idea there were different kinds. So I guess I buy the more common one. Kirby.

Cucumber is one of the words that I just never say in English. I always call them "Pepinos". Sounds funny in Spanish, huh?

foodiechickie said...

Kirby is definetly more common in supermarkets and grocery stores but farmers markets and gourmet markets tend to have more variety.