Armenian Cucumber, any recipe ideas?
- sgwood415 Jul 11, 2007 11:27 PM
Got two gorgeous Armenian Cucumbers in my CSA box today. Couldn't find any recipes online. Although I did learn that they are more closely related to the melon family and are called cucumbers more for their shape. But as for recipes, any thoughts?
One of my favorite cucumber salads is just seeded/halved and sliced. Mix with some sour cream and fresh chopped tarragon or dill. Refreshing and a good foil to hot/spicey foods.
Armenian cukes have dull, light-green ridged skin and a very tapered tip. Like these:http://www.botanicalinterests.net/Cuc...
Japanese cukes are dark green with a shiny, prickly skin, but roughly the same shape. They are the ones in the supermarket shrink-wrapped as "hothouse" cukes.
Both types are mild and so-called 'burpless'. I find removing the seeds from any kind of cuke keeps them from 'repeating'.
We've had them in our CSA box the last two weeks. I used one tonight with dinner...tossed with some champagne vinegar, just a touch of sugar, salt, pepper, and some Mexican Key Lime olive oil I had. Went well next to some grilled halibut.
Made a Vietnamese beef dish and tossed them in. It was great. Stir fried some strips of steak (NY), tossed them with shallots (lightly sauteed), a lime juice, chili & soy marinade. Chilled the whole thing then tossed in the diced cukes just before serving.
We had it over rice but I think it'd be better over cold asian noodles.
May I suggest Armenian Jazjik. Take the cucumber peel it and cut into bite size pieces. Add plain yogurt and one clove of garlic minced. Salt to taste. See my husband come running.
we grow them, so we have MANY Armenian Cucumbers. I use them like regular cucumbers, and they are wonderful in pasta salads with tomato, black olives, a little dill and just a touch of ranch dressing. I also fry them like zucchini, and eat with ranch dressing. They are great for cucumber sandwiches, or served sliced with a touch of egg or tuna salad...We are having them tonight just sliced into rings and served with slices of tomatoes. I've also used them with zucchini, tomato and onions in a "wrap".
Hope this helps. :)
I've been enjoying Armenian cukes for 45 yrs. My favorite dressing is some salad dressing, a splash of buttermilk or milk, salt and double dose of black pepper. They are a nice addition to mac salads and even potato salad. I've tried making pickles but they shrivel and are soggy/wimpy. However, one recipe that did work was a mock apple ring (MAR). These cukes can get as big and long as a loaf of french bread if you turn your back on them which makes them perfect for MARs. There are numerous recipes that a web search will find.