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Seasonal Eating Blog


Hi!  I’m Whitney Danhof, a Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agent in Bedford County, Tennessee.  I love seasonal produce and nothing inspires me more than a trip to the farmers’ market with all of the beautiful produce!  I conduct a seasonal eating educational program including cooking classes, market demonstrations, canning classes and a seasonal eating website with recipe index.  I hope you enjoy eating seasonally and that this blog will inspire you to eat more fruits and vegetables! 

Mini English Cucumbers

August 5, 2020

English cucumbers are the long skinny ones usually wrapped in plastic at the grocery store.  They are sometimes called “burpless” cucumbers. There are basically three kinds of cucumbers – pickling cucumbers, slicing cucumbers and English cucumbers.  The English variety has smaller seeds and a thinner, more tender skin than the regular slicing cucumbers and pickling cucumbers are usually smaller, thicker skinned with no waxy coating and have little bumpy spines on them.  The English and slicing cucumbers are used for fresh eating while the pickling cucumbers are best for making pickles and relishes (the other two varieties don’t preserve well).