Medium to large in size the Alemow can be recognized by its protruding mammilla or its knob-like and bumpy exterior. Its shape is round to ovate.
Each Mekanzou is less than two inches in length. Mekanzou offer a slightly sweet taste and tender texture when young. Older sprouts will be more fibrous and have a slightly bitter aftertaste
Inventory, 20 lbs : 2.05
This item was last sold on : 07/28/14
Persian cucumbers are available year round.
Technically, all cucumbers, Cucumis sativus, are a fruit but are treated and eaten as a vegetable. They are members of the gourd family Cucurbitaceae. There are three classifications of cucumbers: slicing, burpless and pickling. Persian cucumbers, AKA Beit Alpha, have become the pinnacle variety of burpless cucumbers. Though they are simply marketed as Persian cucumbers, there are several different cultivars of Persian cucumbers, both heirloom and hybrid, including Figaro and Cordito.
Persian cucumbers deliver a trifecta of qualities that set them apart from what we know as common garden cucumbers. Their skin is smooth, thin and perfectly textured, their flesh is crisp, sweet, succulent, and void of developed seeds. They have an amazing capacity to retain water and to remain cool. The interior flesh may be up to twenty degrees cooler than the skin. The perfect Persian cucumber measures 4 to 6 inches in length, as this is the size when it is at its peak of sweetness. If allowed to grow bigger, bitter tasting seeds can develop which compromises the cucumber's sweetness.
Although Persian cucumbers enjoy the classification as a burpless variety, their culinary utilities are much more versatile, as they can be treated as a slicer and even a pickling cucumber out of both choice and necessity. Thus, you can use Persian cucumbers in a multitude of applications to provide both textural and flavor qualities. Persian cucumbers can absorb other flavors quite quickly, which gives them the opportunity to act as a vehicle for spices in a short period of time. Consider using Persian cucumbers as a salad ingredient, for salsas and creamy dressings. They are a great cooling ingredient in hot dishes, make a perfect accoutrement to roasted fish and lamb, pair well with mint, chiles, mustard, cumin, citrus and fresh cheeses, such as chevre, feta and cotija.
Persian cucumbers are perhaps the most historic cucumber, their origins lying in the Fertile Crescent where North Africa meets the Middle East. Their cultivation evolved from a kibbuts in North Israel. Kibbutz are traditionally agricultural communities whose economy is reliant on the crops they collectively raise. Persian cucumbers have since created a success for agricultural communities throughout both the Old and New World. They thrive in warm, dry, arid climates, most productively though, within greenhouses, protected from nature's elements, which can contribute to disease, flawed skin and of course, pests. Persian cucumbers have experienced a surge of popularity in the United States since the late 20th Century and are often replacing common cucumber varieties at both farmers markets and specialty markets as consumers prefer their taste, texture and versatility.
Restaurants currently purchasing this product as an ingredient for their menu.
|Juniper & Ivy||San Diego CA||858-481-3666|
|Comun Kitchen and Tavern||San Diego CA||619-213-4277|
|Hotel Palomar-Salt Box||San Diego CA||619-515-4062|
|Whisknladle||San Diego CA||858-551-7575|
|Waters Catering||San Diego CA||619-276-8803 ex 4|
|Ironside Inc.||San Diego CA||312-852-6308|
|The Lab||San Diego CA||619-977-1245|
|Nine - Ten||San Diego CA||858-964-5400|
|Neighbor's||San Diego CA||619-295-3173|
|Cafe Chloe||San Diego CA||619-232-3242|
|Giuseppe Restaurants & Fine Catering||San Diego CA||760-822-3593 sal|
|Gelato Vero Café||San Diego CA||619-295-9269|
|Convivial Catering||San Diego CA||760-828-8762|
|La Costa Blue Fire||Carlsbad CA||760-930-7063|
|Golden Door||San Marcos CA||760-761-4142|
Recipes that include Persian Cucumbers. One is easiest, three is harder.
|Meals in Heels||Momofuku Pickles|
|Two Peas and Their Pod||Asian Quinoa Salad|
|The Kitchn||The Cuke Cocktail|
|Charles P. Rogers Bed Blog||Persian Cucumber Tea Sandwiches|
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