Cucumber - Continental
Cling-wrapped to keep them fresh and juicy, continental cucumbers are longer than the green cucumber and have the same taste and texture. They have a softer skin, making them an ideal substitute for green cucumber in salads and sandwiches!
How do we make sure we provide top quality continental cucumber?
We make sure the continental cucumber is firm and full-bodied (no signs of withering or shrivelling, 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 colour of the cucumber: a rich dark green colour is a good sign that the cucumber is ready; a duller colour indicates that the cucumber is overly mature.
Where do we source our continental cucumber from?
Growing continental cucumbers is quite specialised because they are grown hydroponically. Our experience is that the best growers are from South East Queensland and the outer Adelaide areas.
What is the best way to keep continental cucumber?
Continental cucumbers have very thin skin. They are best stored in the fridge, away from tomatoes, melons and apples. They are individually wrapped so that they retain their moisture and freshness – the wrapping adding extra protection for the cucumber.
Continental cucumber nutritional information
Continental 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, folic acid, traces of calcium, niacin, iron, zinc, manganese, silicon and sulfur. Cucumber has been found to be an effective tonic for the skin - regular use (the 'slices on your eyes' technique) prevents 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!