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Mini-English or Mediterranian Cucumbers?

I bought, several months back, at Costco (of all places) what were labeled as "mini-english" cucumbers -- they had a smoother skin than the standard cucumber and small, or no seeds, like the larger english cucumbers that can be found in most supermarkets.

I've kept my eyes open for more in other stores as they made the best dill pickles ever (especially because they were easy to fit in quart sized mason jars).

After surfing the web, I've come to find that they might better be called "mediterranean cucumber". But it still leaves me with the same question, has anyone seen them in the Boston area? Or does anyone even which time of the year I should be looking for them?

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  1. They sound like Lebanese cucumbers available at Russos or Arax in Watertown.

    1. Yes, I've seen them in Arax recently.

      1. I see them at Market Basket all the time.

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        1. re: chowmel

          Market Basket too, usually around the English cukes.

        2. I live in L.A. and these surely sound like the Persian cucs I love. Less gass and a bit softer than traditional American - easier to digest. Cut and mix with toms and mozarella cheese. I get all this a Trader Joes. Then I mix with their pesto and a little salt. Makes a great salad. If you can't find Persian cucs (at a local Middle Eastern market) then go for the English cucs at T.J.'s which are wrapped in plastic. :)

          1. I think I've actually seen these at the Shaw's at the Prudential Center.

            1. You can get them at Cedar Market in Norwood too.

              1. Also at Wilson Farms.

                But they cannot hold a candle to Japanese cucumbers, which only rarely visit farmstands (and even more rarely in a curly shape, since farmers feel forced by customer expectation to make sure they hang vertical to straighten out rather than curl as is their natural habit). I've been growing those on and off since my father brought home Japanese cucumber seeds 30 years ago. They have a depth and brightness of flavor other cucumber varieties seem to lack.

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                1. re: Karl S

                  YESS! Japanese cucumbers (available in Kotobukiya/Porter Square) will rock your world cucumber lovers. Sometimes farmers markets carry them, sometimes C-Mart or Super88, but always Kotobukiya.

                  Jacqueline AKA Leather District Gourmet

                  1. re: jacquelinec

                    Good to know about Porter Sq., for the off season. I'm also a total convert, after growing them (a shoyu cross, from Fedco). Though I like the mideastern varieties as well, which you can find in the Watertown Armenian strip.

                2. Brookline Farmers Market has them regularly, though I believe they are labeled Armenian cukes. I've also seen them occasionally at the Shaw's on Comm Ave near BU.

                  1. If you're in the Watertown area, the Armenian store (Eastern Lamejun, I think?) is a good resource. The "Persian or Armenian" cukes are more flavorful than English or other cucumbers typically available. They are still in my humble opinion as good as Japanese cucumbers..

                    1. All the Armenian stores in Watertown have them.

                      1. Saw them at the Central Sq. farmers market yesterday (Mondays 12-6pm IIRC).

                        1. Thanks for all the cucumber replies! I just discovered Kitazawa seed company, specializing in Asian vegetable seeds. I may try to grow some in containers next year, any rx from my fellow chowhounds?

                          1. I think I saw some at the Copley Square Farmers' Market.