English Cucumber

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Long, thin and narrow, this variety of vegetable is a common type of cucumber grown for the digestive qualities it contains. Also referred to as a "burpless" cucumber due to its lack of seeds as well as smaller seeds, the English cucumber can grow to lengths of 2 feet, providing a cream to bright white colored flesh. The flavor of this variety of cucumber is less bitter than many other types due to the fewer seeds.

When selecting, choose those that are firm to the touch and contain no blemishes or soft spots. The skin should be a deep green color without light colored streaks indicating a decrease in quality. When storing, place the cucumber unwashed in a plastic bag in the crisper section of a refrigerator. To prepare, check the skin for wax, which is applied by some processors to preserve the moiture within this vegetable. Peel the skin if waxed or as it is often sold unwaxed in plastic wrap, simply wash in cold water. The English cucumber is often served in vegetable dishes, fresh salads, sauces, cold soups such as cucumber or gazpacho, or simply as a snack with dips. Available year around, this cucumber may also be referred to as a "hothouse" cucumber.

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