Eat Veggies, save the planet

Getting the bitter out of the cucumbers
August 8, 2007, 7:08 pm
Filed under: gardening, recipes

     I grew middle Eastern cucumbers with seed I got from Seeds of Change(compliments of a Mother’s Day gift certificate from my oldest daughter). They are just starting to fade on the vine, but every single cucumber was sweet and delicious with the skins on or off.

     Now I have another cucumber vine growing over my beans from some seeds(straight 8) I planted early in the year. This vine is green and vigorous and  I just picked off 3 cucumbers. I cut one to put on my tortilla for lunch and YUCK. Bitter , bitter , bitter.

     Then I remembered the trick my gardening friend Diana taught me from her Chinese gardening neighbor. Cut the cucumber in half and rub the 2 open sides together. A white milky liquid comes out. Wash it off and voila. The bitterness is gone.

     I did it and then the cucumber was delicious. I threw out the cut up bitter half and ate the second half on my black bean tortilla.


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