Cucumber

Get The Most Out of Your Cucumbers from Backyard Eats

Harvesting Cucumbers

When It’s Ready
  • When the individual cucumbers grow anywhere from 6-12 inches long and about 1-3 inches in diameter
  • It’s never too early to harvest a cucumber
  • Early-mid July – September
When It’s Too Late
  • As cucumbers grow past the point of maturity, their seeds grow into an expanding seed cavity, making them less useful in the kitchen
  • You can still use them at this stage though, just slice lengthwise and use a spoon to scoop out the seeds
  • Cucumbers that have grown so large that the skin is pale and the walls give easily when pushed are usually not so tasty
How To
  • Gently pull cucumbers from their vines by hand, or use scissors
  • Be careful not to break the vines

Growing Cucumbers

Cucumber is a vegetable that is known for its crisp texture and refreshing taste. It has a mild, slightly sweet flavor, and is often used as a cooling ingredient in salads and other dishes. Cucumber is typically used as a salad ingredient, and can be eaten raw or pickled. It can be sliced, diced, or chopped into small pieces, and used as a topping to sandwiches. Cucumber is also a popular ingredient in gazpacho and spring rolls.

Varieties of Cucmbers:

Long Asian Cucumber | Slicing Cucumber

 

Storing Cucumbers

Wash, dry, and store in a container or bag in the crisper drawer of the refrigerator. Allow to come to room temperature for the best flavor.

Cucumbers can be refrigerated for 1 to 2 weeks, but pickling is the best method for long-term storage.

Cooking With Cucumbers

  1. Cucumber Salad: Thinly slice cucumbers and toss them with sliced red onions, fresh dill, a splash of vinegar (such as rice vinegar or apple cider vinegar), salt, and pepper. This simple and refreshing salad is perfect for hot summer days.
  2. Cucumber Water: Infuse water with cucumber slices for a refreshing and hydrating drink. Add a few mint leaves or a squeeze of lemon for extra flavor. It’s a healthy alternative to sugary beverages.
  3. Tzatziki Sauce: Grate cucumbers and squeeze out the excess moisture. Mix them with Greek yogurt, minced garlic, fresh dill, lemon juice, salt, and pepper to make a creamy and tangy tzatziki sauce. Serve it with grilled meats, falafel, or as a dip for pita bread.
  4. Cucumber Sushi Rolls: Use cucumber slices as a replacement for seaweed to make a lighter and carb-free sushi roll. Fill them with avocado, carrots, crab sticks, or your choice of sushi fillings. Slice into bite-sized pieces and enjoy with soy sauce and wasabi.
  5. Cucumber Gazpacho: Blend cucumbers with tomatoes, bell peppers, garlic, olive oil, and a splash of vinegar to create a refreshing chilled soup. Season with salt, pepper, and herbs like basil or cilantro. Serve it as a starter or a light summer meal.

Try These Cucumber Recipes:

Want To Learn More?

At Backyard Eats, we’re passionate about helping our clients discover and share the magic of homegrown good. Our Harvest Guides will teach you everything you need to know to harvest, store, and cook with fresh produce right from your own backyard! Our Harvest Toolkit Directory includes a list of all our step-by-step guides. Click below to give them a try!