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Old cucumbers are large in size, roughly 15 to 20 centimeters long. The outer skin is yellow to golden-brown in color, and has a wrinkled, rough and leathery texture. The inner flesh is a pale white-green and is soft but toothsome, reminiscent of the young cucumber. Old cucumbers have a mild, slightly grassy flavor but may have some bitterness around the seeds and outer flesh. Each fruit contains numerous fibrous white seeds, which should be removed before consumption.
Old cucumbers are available during the summer months.
Old cucumbers are the mature fruit of a cucumber plant, botanically classified as Cucumis sativus. In China, the term for cucumbers is Hunag Gua, which translates to “yellow gourd”, which is based on the color of the cucumber in its matured state.
Old cucmbers contain iron and vitamins A, B6 and C.
Old cucumbers are best suited for soups, and are most commonly used in the Cantonese-style soup called Lao Huang Gua Tang. This soup is typically prepared by slicing the Old cucumbers lengthwise, scooping out and discarding the seeds, then slicing into smaller segments with the skin intact. Old cucumbers are added to the soup along with pork ribs and chicken, goji berries, red dates, dried oysters, and. Old cucumbers will keep up to a month when stored in a perforated bag in the refrigerator.
In Chinese medicine, it is believed that a healthy diet consists of “yin” and “yang” foods. “Yin” foods are considered to have cooling properties, while “yang” foods are heat-inducing. Old cucumbers are considered to have “yin”, and are a favorite item to make a cooling summer soup. In Cantonese culture, Old cucumber soup is a popular home remedy to help soothe sore throats and coughs, and is also believed to have anti-aging benefits.
Cucumbers were thought to have originated in India and then spread to China around 100 BCE. Today Old cucumbers are commonly found in markets in Southeast Asia, China, and Korea, and can occasionally be found at specialty grocers in the United States.
Recipes that include Old Cucumbers. One is easiest, three is harder.
|Cooking Crave||(Non-Halal) Old Cucumber Soup|
|Red Cook||Old Cucumber and Pork Soup (老黃瓜豬骨湯)|