Cucumbers

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Ready for the crispy duck

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 length-ways 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, 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

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:
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