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How to Cook Cucumbers

In Season: Cucumbers

It's hard to imagine given their proliferation at supermarkets across the country, but cucumbers actually do have a season, and it's right now. These beautiful green fruits — yes, they're fruits, not vegetables! — belong to the same family as melon and squash, and they're at their peak growing time from early Summer to early Fall.

At the market, look for cucumbers that are firm, vividly colored, and absent of wrinkles, bruises, or discoloration. Store them in a warmer corner of the refrigerator (you don't want them to freeze!) and use them within two to three days. If you want to enjoy them with their skins still on, select thinner-skinned varieties like Kirby, Persian, Japanese, or English cucumbers. If you find a cucumber's skin too thick, waxy, or bitter, simply peel it off.

Read ahead for a few of our favorite ways to enjoy the cucumber.

What was the last thing you made with cucumbers?

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Susannah-Chen Susannah-Chen 5 years
I almost forgot about those! Love cucumber sandwiches, especially at tea time.
dai0332 dai0332 5 years
Cucumber sandwiches. Cream cheese and dill, salt and pepper and thinly sliced cukes on firm white sandwich bread. yum!
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