Ready for the crispy duck
Cucumbers, potted, in a conservatory (June 5th)
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
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).
How much does one cup of cucumber weigh?
Estimated US cup to weight equivalents:
|raw - diced/chopped
|> 5 ounces
Every ingredient has a cups to ounces or grams conversion table. Search for the ingredient, cup to weight conversions are at the end of each ingredient page.
Seasonal Information: Cucumbers
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.
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