Though it technically is a fruit, the cucumber is widely considered a vegetable. It is used commonly used as a salad ingredient; raw, sliced and often peeled. The seeds can cause flatulence (gas), but can be easily removed by slicing lengthwise into four quarters and then running a knife along each length to separate the seeds from the flesh.
It is also a key ingredient for crispy duck pancakes. A really good cheat to save time julienning a cucumber is to use the slicing attachment of a food processor. It does not look quite as good but it saves a lot of fiddly work. The spring onions can be dealt with in the same way as the picture shows.
Growing your own cucumbers
Cucumbers, potted, in a conservatory (June 5th)
In the UK cucumbers really need to grown under cover, eg: a greenhouse, polytunnel, etc. We have had great success this year, growing them in our conservatory. It regularly reaches 48° C on a sunny day and where most plants succumb to mildew or pests, the cucumber seems to thrive. All it seems to require is plenty of water and a little feed now and then.
How much does a cucumber weigh
A whole cucumber weighs approximately 400g (14 ounces).
This information is specifically for countries in the northern temperate zone of the Northern Hemisphere; particularly the United Kingdom, however it should be applicable for northern USA, northern Europe, Canada, Russia, etc.
Cucumbers are at their best and in season during the following months:
July, August & September.
5 a day; fruit and vegetable portion sizes
We have recently started to take delivery of a weekly organic fruit and vegetable box which has of course heightened our interest in the 5 a day fruit and vegetable regime. This simple app will show you what makes up one of your 5 a day portions of vegetables. You'll be surprised how small the quantities are in some instances. You'll be able to eat healthier and feel all the better for it.
Select a fruit or vegetable from the picker below to see what its daily portion consists of
What are you waiting for? Pick your fruit and veg now!
3 heaped tablespoons of tinned Ackee
2 Globe Artichoke hearts
7 spears of tinned asparagus
5 spears of fresh asparagus
One third of an Aubergine/Eggplant
3 heaped tablespoons of barlotti beans
3 heaped tablespoons of black-eyed beans
3 heaped tablespoons of broad beans
3 heaped tablespoons of butter beans
3 heaped tablespoons of cannellini beans
4 heaped tablespoons of French beans
3 heaped tablespoons of kidney beans
3 heaped tablespoons of pinto beans
4 heaped tablespoons of runner beans
3 heaped tablespoons of soya beans
2 handfuls of fresh bean sprouts
3 whole bottled beetroot
3 whole fresh baby beetroot
2 spears of broccoli
8 Brussels sprouts
3 heaped tablespoons of butternut squash
2 handfuls of sliced cabbage
3 heaped tablespoons of shredded cabbage
3 heaped tablespoons of tinned carrots
3 heaped tablespoons of fresh carrot slices
8 florets of cauliflower
3 sticks of celery
3 heaped tablespoons of chickpeas
One fifth of a head of Chinese leaves
Half a large courgette
5 cm (2 inch) piece of cucumber
4 heaped tablespoons of curly kale
Half a karela (bitter melon)
1 leek (white portion only)
3 tablespoons of lentils
1 cereal bowl of lettuce (mixed leaves)
1 handful of mange-tout
3 heaped tablespoons of marrow
3 tablespoons of frozen mixed vegetables
2 tablespoons of dried mushrooms
16 medium Okra
1 medium Onion
3 heaped tablespoons of pak choi (Chinese cabbage)