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Old Fri, Jun-16-17, 16:03
PilotGal PilotGal is offline
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Default Cucumbers

Hi, everyone.

my neighbor brought over his first harvest of cucumbers to me and I made a cucumber salad. Problem is they're really bitter.
Do any of you know whether there is a way to tell if a cucumber is going to be bitter or not?

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Old Sat, Jun-17-17, 07:49
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I never ate "raw" cukes growing up. They were all bitter, so the Southern way was a quick pickle: soak in salt water with ice, add raw onions along with it, then after some time add vinegar and sugar, serve on table in the liquid as a salad.

What a shock it was for me when I became an adult and had my first English Cucumber and discovered I could eat them fresh and raw. Yum.

I would never try anything other than hydroponic cukes raw, even today. I think (but don't know) that the others are all bitter.
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Old Sat, Jun-17-17, 08:02
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I have no idea how to tell if cukes are gonna be bitter or not, but I grew up doing something similar to what blues does.

Peel and slice cukes thinly into a bowl, add lots of salt; cover and set in friggie overnight. Drain and rinse well, add favorite salad dressing and enjoy! When I lived in Germany, the Germans would make a dressing with sour cream and fresh dill. Being French, I always have mine with a homemade garlic vinaigrette and I don't think I've ever had a "bitter" cuke...
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Old Sat, Jun-17-17, 08:11
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I have some cucumbers plants growing in my porch garden. They are no where near ready (through carelessness the dog was able to eat my first seedlings which I then replanted). I have tried out growing a few varieties this year. I plan to now pay attention to the issue of bitterness and the effect of preparation.

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Old Sat, Jun-17-17, 10:46
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Sometimes it's just the peel. I have to peel store-bought cukes, but rarely farmer's market cukes. I don't know if it's how they're grown or age - the ones in the store would be older.
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cut off the end and rub in a circular motion....there will be a bitter scuz, rinse and enjoy!!
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I had this happen a couple of years ago, half way through the season. The first cucumbers were delicious. Then all of the sudden, they were all disgustingly bitter. Apparently, it happens when the plant becomes too stressed - the weather gets too hot, uneven watering, etc. Once the plant starts producing the cucurbitacins that cause this, it's permanent. There are some varieties that are more prone to this reaction than others. If I find one that tolerates harsh condition (and operator error/neglect ) I'll keep planting it.

If it happens to me again, I'll give up on them and pull the plants out of the ground. Maybe I'll try the salt trick mentioned here, but I had to literally spit it out when I tasted it.
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Old Mon, Jun-19-17, 12:20
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Originally Posted by PilotGal
Hi, everyone.
my neighbor brought over his first harvest of cucumbers to me and I made a cucumber salad. Problem is they're really bitter.

Use a potato peeler and get rid of the green stuff ?
I dont think the white is bitter.

or if you want some of the vitamins in the green stuff ... peel off 2/3rds of the green stuff ?
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