Solving the Bitter Cucumber Problem
Cut that bitterness right out of the cucumber
* Blossom ends are the least bitter part of the cucumber. Oregon State University Extension says cucurbitacin is the source of the bitter taste, and is concentrated in the stem end. OSU suggests peeling from blossom to stem end. Others recommend cutting 2” off the stem end. Bitterness should be gone.
Tip: It’s the opposite when preparing pickles. Click here to find out why pickles should have the blossom end cut off.
* A French cook swears by her salting technique to remove any bitterness. She cuts the cucumber in half lengthwise, salts the center section, and turns the halves upside down to drain. After an hour she takes the tip of a spoon and runs it the length of each half, removing both the seeds and the bitterness. How do we know this cook? She’s the mother of our company president!
Cucumbers without the bitterness gene
Our cucumber Marketmore 76, developed at Cornell University, does not have the gene that creates bitterness.
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