Wednesday, February 27, 2008

No.20: Old Cucumber (Chinese Yellow Cucumber)

Looking leathery, this unusual cucumber is really not as old as it seems!

1. They turn a beautiful, yellow-orangish brown when mature whilst their young fruit is green.

2. Widely used for soup making in Chinese households or restaurants, the yellow cucumber's skin & soft flesh is cut into cubes and boiled.

3. Not only more distinct & milder in taste compared to other cucumbers, the yellow cucumber is juicier as well.

4. Its flesh is creamy white whilst the seeds are surrounded by a thin gelatinous coating.

5. The yellow cucumbers & their lighter skinned varieties are also extensively used to make pickles.

Reference: Rare Seeds, Delicious Asian Food, Oriental Vegetables, Strange Vegetables

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