Tired of Bitter Cucumbers? 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? Here’s how!
This cure is rather well known in the New England area of the United States, but I’ve discovered that it’s considerably less common in other regions.
Unbeknownst to many folks, cucumbers contain 2 compounds, Cucurbitacin B and cucurbitacin C, which produce a rather bitter taste in cucumbers. There is, however, a rather simple cure for this!
Simply slice the end off the cucumber (approximately 2 cm thick), rub the sliced end in a circular motion.
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.