Cucumber - Apple
Apple cucumbers are crunchy and refreshing; they have a similar taste to a green cucumber, only bigger! Apple cucumbers are great in a salad, or you can eat them like an apple – as they are!
How do we make sure we provide top quality apple cucumber?
Simple - we grow it ourselves! Sam draws on three generations of horticultural experience to grow fresh, tasty and full-flavoured apple cucumbers. When we harvest, we only hand-pick apple cucumbers if they are firm and full-bodied (no signs of withering or shriveling, and no dark spots). We pay particular attention to the tips - our experience is that these areas are the first to indicate the cucumber is overly mature, meaning they will have a bitter and sour taste. We also examine the cucumber's colour: the apple cucumber must be a light white colour, with a slight tinge of green.
Where do we source our apple cucumbers from?
Most of our apple cucumbers come direct from our farm - planted, cultivated and hand-picked by Sam and the team. Apple cucumber plants start bearing about 8-10 weeks after sowing; be sure to check the Our Farm page to find out what stage our crops are at. Cucumbers usually grow well in our nutrient rich and well-draining soil, however when conditions aren't favourable to growing cucumbers on our farm (due to seasonality, crop rotation etc), we source cucumbers from growers in areas with similar climatic conditions, such as Werribee or the Sunraysia district.
What is the best way to keep apple cucumbers?
Apple cucumbers are best stored in the fridge - keep them in a plastic bag so that they keep their moisture. To store the apple cucumber after use, cling wrap the open end, and make sure that you use it within a couple of days. Apple cucumbers are sensitive to chilling injury - this occurs when the cucumber is stored in very cold conditions. Signs that this is occurring are water-soaked areas, pitting, and accelerated decay.
Apple cucumber nutritional information
Apple cucumbers are very low in kilojoules and contain some vitamin C, vitamin A and B6. Nutritionally, their value is in their trace elements: sodium, potassium, folacin, traces of calcium, niacin, iron, zinc, manganese, silicon and sulfur. Apple cucumbers have been found to be an effective tonic for the skin - regular use (the 'slices on your eyes' technique) can help to prevent pimples, wrinkles and skin dryness.
Serving tips and suggestions
The old saying 'cool as a cucumber' actually has some truth to it - the high water content of the cucumber means that the centre of the cucumber can be up to 6 degrees cooler than the surrounding air. On a hot day, this makes cucumbers a great refresher!