Ever bought a cucumber and added it to your salad only to discover that it was rather bitter? Did you know that you can prevent this from happening? Read on to discover the simple kitchen hack bitter cucumber cure that actually works.
This cure is a relatively common practice to apply in the New England area of the United States. However, it’s considerably less common in other regions. In fact, I’d go so far as to say most people have never heard of such a thing.
What Causes Bitter Cucumbers?
Unbeknownst to many folks, cucumbers contain two compounds, Cucurbitacin B and cucurbitacin C, which produce a substantially bitter taste in cucumbers. The higher the level of these compounds, the more bitter the cucumber.
Luckily, if you’re growing cucumbers in your own garden there are a couple of helpful tricks you can employ to create sweeter cucumbers naturally.
How to Remove Bitterness from Cucumbers
The bitter compounds tend to lie close to the ends of the cucumber. Just slice the end off of the cucumber (approximately 2 cm thick), then rub the sliced end in a circular motion.
As the bitterness draws out, this will create a light white foam. The thicker the foam, the higher the bitterness level in the cucumber! Repeat on both ends of the cucumber.
The theory on this is that the bitterness is drawn out into the very ends – you can test this theory by tasting the end piece vs. a slice from the remedied cucumber! Tasting is believing!
Peel, prepare and eat as you desire.