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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.
 
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.
 
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===
 
===Growing your own cucumbers===
[[Image:Cucumbers in a conservatory.jpg|300px|thumb|right|Cucumbers, potted, in a conservatory (June 5th)]]
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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.  
In the UK cucumbers really need to grown under cover, eg: a greenhouse, poly-tunnel, 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===
 
===How much does a cucumber weigh===
 
A whole cucumber weighs approximately 400g (14 ounces).
 
A whole cucumber weighs approximately 400g (14 ounces).
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Latest revision as of 12:15, 16 January 2021

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:

Ingredient US Cups Grams Ounces
Cucumber raw - diced/chopped
1
150 grams > 5 ounces
Pretty cucumbers sliced in a food processor

Conversion notes:
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.

We also have a generic conversion table and a portions per person lookup.

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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