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Suyo Long Cucumbers
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Suyo Long cucumbers are cylindrical and spindly, growing up to 45 centimeters in length. The thin, edible outer skin is dark green and thin with a ridged and knobbed texture. When young, these cucumbers may bear thin, soft spikes that can easily be removed by rubbing the skin. Suyo Long cucumbers do not naturally grow straight, and can form interesting shapes like curlicues if they are not trellised. The pale green-to-white flesh has may edible, soft seeds and offers a sweet and mild flavor with little to no bitterness and a crisp texture. The Suyo Long cucumber plant is a vigorous grower that can produce an abundance of cucumbers.
Suyo Long cucumbers are available from late spring to late fall.
Suyo Long cucumbers are botanically classified as Cucumis sativus. They are a Chinese heirloom variety and a member of the Cucurbitaceae family along with melons and squashes. Suyo Long cucumbers are a burpless variety, meaning they are sweeter, have thinner skins, and are longer and narrower than other varieties. They can be harvested at any time and retain their flavor.
Suyo Long cucumbers contain vitamins A, B, and C, as well as some essential minerals like calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, and zinc.
Suyo Long cucumbers are best suited for raw applications, but are also used as refrigerator pickles. They are used in sesame cucumber salads, and are popular in Sichuan cuisine. They can be served fresh with orange flower water, and pair well with citrus, hot pepper flakes, garlic, vinegar, herbs, nuts, seeds, and creamy, salty cheeses. Suyo Long cucumbers will keep up to a week when stored in a perforated bag in the refrigerator.
Cucumbers are used in traditional Chinese medicine because they are believed to have healing and soothing properties. They became a common ingredient in home remedies around 960 CE, and have since been used to clear the body of toxins, cool the body from fever, and reduce inflammation.
Suyo Long cucumbers originated in northern China around 100 BCE, although the exact date is relatively unknown. Today Suyo Long cucumbers can be found in specialty markets in Japan, the United States, and Europe.