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Mini-English or Mediterranian Cucumbers?

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AndrewJ Jul 15, 2006 08:13 PM

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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    gourmaniac RE: AndrewJ Jul 15, 2006 08:26 PM

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

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      cheryl_h RE: AndrewJ Jul 15, 2006 09:27 PM

      Yes, I've seen them in Arax recently.

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        chowmel RE: AndrewJ Jul 16, 2006 02:10 AM

        I see them at Market Basket all the time.

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          hummingbird RE: chowmel Jul 16, 2006 02:20 AM

          Market Basket too, usually around the English cukes.

        2. Kitchen Queen RE: AndrewJ Jul 16, 2006 02:33 AM

          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. lissy RE: AndrewJ Jul 16, 2006 03:31 PM

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

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              fullbelly RE: AndrewJ Jul 16, 2006 03:41 PM

              You can get them at Cedar Market in Norwood too.

              1. Karl S RE: AndrewJ Jul 16, 2006 09:38 PM

                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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                  jacquelinec RE: Karl S Jul 17, 2006 07:19 AM

                  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

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                    Aromatherapy RE: jacquelinec Jul 17, 2006 12:18 PM

                    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. BobB RE: AndrewJ Jul 17, 2006 02:09 PM

                  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. jacquelinec RE: AndrewJ Jul 18, 2006 03:49 AM

                    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. galleygirl RE: AndrewJ Jul 18, 2006 04:50 PM

                      All the Armenian stores in Watertown have them.

                      1. MB fka MB RE: AndrewJ Jul 19, 2006 01:34 AM

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

                        1. jacquelinec RE: AndrewJ Aug 12, 2006 04:35 AM

                          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?

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                            BackBayGirl RE: AndrewJ Aug 14, 2006 06:45 AM

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

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