Mars - Juin
by our market gardeners
Did you know?
Cucumbers are part of the Cucurbitaceae family. Originally from India, cucumbers have been grown in France since the 9th century.
Cucumbers are grown as a protected crop, with producers using beneficial insects to naturally protect their cucumber plants. They are then picked one by one by Prince de Bretagne’s market gardeners.
HOW TO CHOOSE CUCUMBERS
When choosing cucumbers, look for ones that are very green, firm, with smooth and shiny skin.
The smaller they are, the fewer seeds they contain and the more flavour they will have.
HOW TO PREPARE CUCUMBERS
There is no need to salt cucumbers to remove water beforehand, they stay crisper if they retain their water and, furthermore, retain all their vitamins.
Neither is it necessary to peel them. Just wash your cucumber and dry it.
Chop your cucumber to fit your recipe or just freestyle it! They can be sliced, made into balls or tagliatelle (with the help of a grater). You can also transform them into batons for an aperitif, grate them etc.
HOW TO COOK CUCUMBERS
Cucumbers are grown as a protected crop, with producers using beneficial insects to naturally protect their cucumber plants.
5 to 8 mins
20 to 30 mins
In the oven
In boiling salted water
20 to 30 secondes
In the microwave (clingfilmed)
Cucumbers can also be cooked like courgettes. Sauté in olive oil (2-3 minutes in a pan), in a gratin etc.
HOW TO STORE CUCUMBERS
Cucumbers will only stay crispy in your fridge’s salad drawer for 4 to 5 days. To get the most of their freshness and flavour, eat them as soon as possible, don’t leave them to wilt!
Once sliced, remember to cover the end of the cucumber with cling film. Do not leave cucumbers at room temperature, as they will dry out very quickly and lose all their crispiness.
Cucumber can be eaten raw as an aperitif, cut into batons and dipped in tzatziki, houmous etc.
Sliced, cucumber can replace bread in canapés, top with a bit of seasoned cream or fromage blanc and salmon or other smoked fish or fish rillettes etc.
Cucumbers can also be used in any type of summer salad as well as soups, smoothies and cocktails!
To stand out from the crowd, cucumbers can also be cooked like courgettes.
Cucumber adds freshness to your dishes.
To give it more flavour, you can season cucumber with herbs and spices.
Cucumbers contain lots of water and are also a source of vitamin K.
|of which saturated fat (g)||0.035|
|of which sugar (g)||1.34|
|Dietary fibre (g)||0.6|
|Vitamin K (µg)||16.4|