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Week 10: Cucumbers

All About It:

Cucumbers are vine plants that need lots of water, approximately one inch per week, from rainfall or other sources.Cucumbers are vine plants that need lots of water, approximately one inch per week, from rainfall or other sources. So wherever they are planted in your garden, don’t just lightly water the soil.

In Minnesota, peak cucumber growing season starts in July and goes through August. Here are three common ways for preparing your cucumbers:

  1. Pickle them in a jar with a boiling brine of salt, garlic, vinegar and water. You can also experiment adding other spices—like dill seed, peppercorns, red pepper flakes—depending on your tastes.
  2. Use them in Mediterranean cooking. See the recipes below for a chickpea feta salad. You can also make tzatziki by combining with plain yogurt, olive oil, lemon, garlic and dill.
  3. The last, and easiest, way to prepare them is to just cut it up and add it to a pitcher of water. Cucumber water provides extra vitamins and minerals, while benefiting your skin and muscles.

Recipes:

Chickpea Feta Salad

Herbed Cucumber-and-Tomato Salad

Layered Greek Dip

Fresh Food Links:

MFMA: Find a Farmers' Market Near You

Minnesota Grown

University of Minnesota Extension: Growing cucumbers in Minnesota gardens