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How to cook this Japanese/Korean vegetable?

sarahtorres Jun 8, 2012 07:18 AM

I live in Korea and found a new vegetable! Its name in Korean is nogak (노각) and in Japanese its ナツツバキ natsutsubak . The only English name I can get is yellowish overripe cucumber. It is just shorter than my arm, about as wide, and orangish-brown. It seems cucumber-like. Other than just treating it like a cucumber, does anyone know how it is usually prepared? Google is not turning up much. Thanks!

  1. Quine Jun 8, 2012 07:23 AM

    Sounds like a lemon cucumber (thanks Chopped!).


    I did find this reference : http://farmsco.co.kr/ytboard/view.php...

    But no recipes.

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    1. re: Quine
      sarahtorres Jun 8, 2012 07:33 AM

      Those lemon cucumbers look lovely, but I do not have any of those sadly. I have the one shown on the farmsco link. Thanks for finding a picture!

    2. ipsedixit Jun 8, 2012 10:26 PM

      Don't cook them.

      Best eaten raw.

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