The 5 Best-Tasting Cucumbers to Try This Season
Yes, cucumbers are mostly water. And if you're buying the standard, plastic-wrapped hot house cucumbers from the grocery store, they probably taste like it too. These are some of our favorite varieties coming into our Marketplace from local growers this summer, and some ways to incorporate them into your weeknight rotation.
Painted Serpent Cucumber
You won't find these at the grocery store as their shape makes them tricky to transport in distributor trucks (we source locally so we can deliver them to you with shape still intact!). Painted serpent cucumbers are a tad fuzzy with a striking appearance. These are great in salads or other dishes where you can see their amazing rind.
This is the classic pickling cucumber. They're naturally the crunchiest cucumber, so they hold up well when submerged in a salty brine.
Persian cucumbers have a super thin, non-waxy skin so no need to peel them. They're shorter than standard English cucumbers and usually have a few more seeds.
Our longterm producer Hikari Farms grows some of the most flavorful Japanese cucumbers. They're terrifically sweet, with hardly any bitterness. Eat these as plain as possible -- you'll be impressed by the flavor.
These heirloom cucumbers look like lemons (hence the name), but that's where the comparison stops. They have a concentrated sweetness that differentiates them from slicer cucumbers and hold up well to salty dressings and sauces in salads.