How do you know when an Armenian cucumber is ripe?
When to harvest Armenian cucumber fruits As noted above, Armenian cucumbers should be picked when they’re immature and at peak quality. We aim to harvest our fruits when they’re 8 to 10 inches long, but have also picked those over a foot in length and they were still crisp and delicious.
Can you eat the skin of an Armenian cucumber?
Feggous or Armenian cucumbers often have a curved shape (hence the “bendy” name) and have thin, ridged skin. They’re somewhat drier than regular cucumbers and all of it is edible; nothing goes to waste as usually the skin is eaten, too.
Are Armenian cucumbers really cucumbers?
First cultivated in Armenia in the 15th century, Armenian cucumbers (also called yard-long cucumbers) are actually not cucumbers at all – they are a ribbed variety of musk melon that tastes similar to a cucumber and looks like a cucumber inside.
What are Armenian cucumbers good for?
Armenian cucumbers are a good source of vitamins C, A, and K, and potassium.
Why are my Armenian cucumbers bitter?
Cucumbers plants that are stressed during the growing season may produce fruit that is bitter flavored. Commonly a lack of water or temperatures too cold or too hot cause cucumbers to bear bitter tasting fruit. Cucumbers contain organic compounds called cucurbitacins that can cause fruit to taste bitter.
Why is my Armenian cucumber bitter?
Should you peel Armenian cucumbers?
In my experience, Armenian cucumbers have never needed peeling or de-seeding, so you can add that to the list of their virtues. If all you have are regular cucumbers, you can still make this salad. Just peel them if they are bitter and de-seed them if the seeds are well-developed.
Does rubbing the end of a cucumber make it less bitter?
All you need to do is thinly cut off the last part of the stem or blossom end of the cucumber and with that piece rub the end of the cucumber in a circular motion. While you do this, a white foam-like substance will emerge from the inside of the cucumber. This is the cucuritacin, which causes bitterness in it.
What kind of cucumbers do they grow in Armenia?
This is great news for us desert dwellers who want cucumbers all summer long. First cultivated in Armenia in the 15th century, Armenian cucumbers (also called yard-long cucumbers) are actually not cucumbers at all – they are a ribbed variety of musk melon that tastes similar to a cucumber and looks like a cucumber inside.
Is the skin on an Armenian cucumber peeled?
This classic Armenian “cucumber” is actually a melon genetically. A delicious, very sweet cucumber that is usually picked small and does not need peeling as the skin is very tender.
Where can I find a rare Bhutanese cucumber?
This rare Bhutanese cucumber thrives in cool northern climates, but also stands up to intense heat and humidity. It was collected in 1981 at a farmstore in the Trongsa district village of Poengenang, roughly in the geographical center of Bhutan. When fruit is immature and green, it makes a great cucumber for raw eating or pickling.
Where are the seeds of a Japanese cucumber found?
Known in the southern islands of Japan, the seeds have been preserved over generations by an old family in Beppu City on Kyushu Island. The long, slender 8-inch fruit is bitter free and super sweet with inconspicuous seeds, making it a perfect marketing cucumber with flavor that stands out from the rest!