Saturday, June 20, 2015
I also found out that "real" cucumbers have little prickly spines on them. The ones in the market are scrubbed smooth and covered in a light coating of wax.
That fat, light colored one on the top is a touch over-ripe. Supposedly, that makes them bitter. I have never found cucumbers to be all that bitter, probably because I usually have them with some kind of vinegar or other dressing.
Normally, I don't bother peeling cucumbers. I plan to peel every one of these prickly little suckers. It was bad enough getting stuck for a moment when I picked the first one. Not getting that in my mouth.
I sliced up the best-looking one into sunomono. I did taste a slice before adding the dressing, and they're a tiny bit sweeter and crisper than the ones in the market. Makes sense, when they're fresh off the vine.
I hope I have at least one more ready to pick next week for my tea party. I'll probably have some more peas by then. Haven't decided if I'll share those or have a personal snack time.