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Market Haul: Cucumbers

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Cool, crisp cucumbers are as refreshing as they are healthy.

The Wimbledon tennis tournament ended just a couple of weeks ago, and in the post-tournament news coverage, one piece of news in particular caught my eye: The brand that people most associated with the event wasn't Jaguar or Ralph Lauren; it was Pimm's, a company that isn't even a Wimbledon sponsor! Nevertheless, the Pimm's Cup, a refreshing summer beverage, is as closely linked with this annual event as mint juleps are with the Kentucky Derby. It must be the cucumbers.

How to choose them

The best cucumbers are firm and smooth to the touch. Avoid wrinkles, soft spots or sliminess. Supermarket cucumbers are often coated in waxy chemicals to give them an appealing sheen. Thankfully, you usually don't have to worry about that issue when you buy your goods at the farmers' market, but it doesn't hurt to ask your vendor, just to be sure.

How to use them

Raw cucumbers are a great addition to salads and sandwiches, and, of course, cukes naturally lend themselves to pickling. You can also use these veggies in refreshing drinks and desserts. No matter what you make, if you don't use the whole cucumber, placing a couple of slices on your eyes is a naturally soothing way to end a long day.

How to store them

Place your cucumbers in the crisper drawer of the refrigerator. They should last for about a week.

SOURCES
Martha Stewart
World's Healthiest Food

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Amy Gordon
Amy Gordon

Amy Gordon is a Wharton graduate who prefers flip flops to business suits. She writes about travel, food, wellness, and social consciousness.

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  • Terry M. 3 years ago
    All of that sounds so delicious, I WILL try it all, Thank You Debra!!!!
  • Debra B. 3 years ago
    Cut off ends and slice in half. Scrape out seeds and watery part with a spoon. Chop into small pieces, add chopped tomatoes, chopped kalamata olives, crumled feta cheese, dry oregano, salt and pepper , for a wonderful Greek salad! Or start the same and add chopped pieces to another salad, to tuna fish for sandwhiches, etc. Another way is to stuff it. Start the same way and then stuff with a cooked mixture of hamburger, onions, garlic and cooked rice, seasoned with tomato sauce, salt and pepper. Enjoy!
  • Terry M. 3 years ago
    what can you do with one that is oversized and had large seeds?
  • RecycleBank M. 3 years ago
    Israelis and other people in Mediterranean countries use cucumbers as the basis for salads, often dressed in lemon juice and olive oil, salt and pepper. enjoy!
  • Chris M. 3 years ago
    cucumber and cream cheese sandwiches on pumpernickle!!
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