Inventory, 10 lbs : 4.01
This item was last sold on : 04/21/18
Japanese cucumbers are cylindrical, slender, and long, ranging 15 to 30 centimeters in length. Its skin is thin, dark forest green, and smooth with longitudinal grooves. The inner flesh has a few edible seeds and is crisp and succulent with bright, melon-like flavors.
Japanese cucumbers are available year-round.
Japanese cucumbers, botanically classified as Cucumis sativus, are members of the Cucurbitaceae family, which also includes melons, gourds, squashes, and pumpkins. Also known as Kyuri, Japanese cucumbers contain ninety-six percent water, and the flesh can be up to twenty degrees cooler than the outside skin, a survival skill that is quintessential to the growth of the fruit in hot climates. This temperature difference also makes the Japanese cucumber a favorite summer ingredient because it provides a cooling sensation and added hydration when consumed.
Japanese cucumbers are an excellent source of vitamins K, A, and C, folic acid, potassium, and silica, which is a trace mineral that helps strengthen connective tissue.
Japanese cucumbers are best suited for raw applications. They can be consumed whole or sliced as a salad, crudité, or sandwich ingredient. Japanese cucumbers are known as a cooling ingredient, utilized to contrast spicy and hot foods. Classic preparations include gazpacho, ceviche, sushi, sashimi, and bento. Japanese cucumbers are also popular for pickling and serving as a side dish or as a snack. Japanese cucumbers pair well with tomatoes, citrus, rice, raw seafood, cured and smoked fish, melons, yogurt, chilies, pepper, and mint. Japanese cucumbers will keep for a couple of days when stored in a paper towel, in a plastic bag, and kept in the refrigerator.
Japanese cucumbers in pickled form are an essential component in Japanese cuisine. Often served with rice and miso soup, the Japanese believe pickles provide a variety of health benefits along with colors, flavors, and texture to balance main dishes. Japanese cucumbers are turned into pickles though an ancient pickling method called Shiozuke where the cucumbers are weighted down, layered in salt, and left to ferment. Kyuri asazuke, or salt-pickled cucumbers, are a popular street food during the summer in Japan.
Early Japanese cucumber varieties were developed in Japan with cultivated varieties from China. Today Japanese cucumbers are available in farmer markets and specialty grocers in Asia, Europe, and the United States.
Restaurants currently purchasing this product as an ingredient for their menu.
|Sushi Ota||San Diego CA||858-270-5047|
|Fishery||San Diego CA||858-272-9985|
|Cloak and Petal||San Diego CA||619-501-5505|
|La Costa Resort & Spa Main Kitchen||Carlsbad CA||760-930-7063|
|Saiko Sushi-Coronado||Coronado CA||619-435-0868|
|Golden Door||San Marcos CA||760-761-4142|
|Great Maple||San Diego CA||619-255-2282|
|Herb & Wood||San Diego CA||619-955-8495|
|La Costa Resort & Spa Vue||Carlsbad CA||760-930-7063|
|Dija Mara||Oceanside CA||760-231-5376|
|Cesar RSF||Rancho Santa Fe CA||858-771-1313|
|Rancho Bernardo Community Presbyterian Church||San Diego CA||858-487-0811|
|Chateau Lake San Marcos||San Marcos CA||760-471-0083|
|Galaxy Taco||La Jolla CA||858-228-5655|
Recipes that include Japanese Cucumber. One is easiest, three is harder.
|Umami Girl||House Special Roll|
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