Which cucumbers do you have to peel?
Slicing cucumbers, unless they are quite young, may need to be peeled and seeded. Commercially grown ones sold in stores have been waxed, so most cooks want to remove the food grade wax. A second type of cucumber which has been grown for decades is the pickling type.
What is the difference between a continental and a Lebanese cucumber?
Continental (also called Telegraph) cucumbers are the most popular variety. Green cucumbers are stubby in shape with tougher skin and harder seeds. Shorter and smaller than the Continental variety, Lebanese cucumbers are sweet and juicy with soft seeds and a smooth texture.
What is a continental cucumber?
Cucumber – Continental
Cling-wrapped to keep them fresh and juicy, continental cucumbers are longer than the green cucumber and have the same taste and texture. They have a softer skin, making them an ideal substitute for green cucumber in salads and sandwiches!
Is Continental cucumber good for you?
Continental cucumbers are very low in kilojoules and contain some vitamin C, vitamin A and B6. Nutritionally, their value is in their trace elements: sodium, potassium, folic acid, traces of calcium, niacin, iron, zinc, manganese, silicon and sulfur.
Can you eat unpeeled cucumbers?
You can eat the peel of a cucumber. In fact, it will add fiber and vitamin A to your diet. Just be sure to wash the cucumber first.
Why are they called Lebanese cucumbers?
Lebanese cucumbers are small, smooth-skinned and mild tasting. In Australia, he said, this type of cucumber was attributed to the Lebanese community because migrants from Lebanon were the first to bring the seeds from their country and began planting them in their backyards.
Can you eat the skin of continental cucumber?
Wash, slice and eat raw with skin on. Use in salads, as an accompaniment to Indian curries.
Why are continental cucumbers wrapped in plastic?
Continental cucumbers are surprisingly delicate creatures – thin skinned and liable to damage and dehydration during transit. So they are shrink-wrapped in plastic to get them to you in optimum condition. To protect their thin skin.