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Should bitter cucumbers be consumed? Experts provide important information
Written by SOT.COM.AL 11 Maj 2021
Fresh cucumbers are the main ingredient of many delicious and nutritious salads.
But what happens when the cucumber we use for salad is bitter? Have you ever wondered where the bitterness of cucumber comes from?
Usually freshly picked and seasonal cucumbers are delicious, full of juice, but occasionally we also find bitter ones that cause us discomfort and worry.
This is because the environmental conditions in which cucumbers are grown have a major impact on their taste.
If you happen to bite a bitter cucumber, then you should definitely read this article where you will also learn how to restore the sweet taste of this fantastic fruit. Yes, yes cucumber is fruit!
The bitterness of cucumbers is genetic
Cucumbers belong to the botanical family Cucurbit, the same family of fruits as watermelon or squash.
Believe the information brought from AgroWeb.org or not, but cucumber is botanically categorized as fruit.
All three contain some natural substances known as cucurbitacin, which are commonly found in shoots and leaves.
However, it often happens that these chemicals move from the leaves inside the fruit making them bitter.
How does cucumber bitterness occur?
Rising temperatures stress the cucumber and make it bitter. If the temperatures are hot before roasting the cucumbers, then they will have a bitter taste.
Bitterness is not necessarily caused by heat. The constant fluctuation of temperatures is enough to compromise the taste of cucumber.
Drought or Excessive Irrigation
As in the case of temperature fluctuations, long periods of drought followed by excessive irrigation can cause stress to the cucumber plant making the final product extremely bitter.
Fault in genes
Some cucumber plants contain certain genes that cause their bitterness. Even if the seeds you use are of the same cucumber varieties, one of them will turn out bitter while the others will be delicious. It's a matter of genes!
Use this method to sweeten the bitter cucumber
Did you know that you can save cucumbers from their bitterness before consuming them?
One method is to cut both ends of the cucumber and rub the cut areas with the cut piece or even with the palm of your hand.
Such a move affects the chemical content of this fruit and the cucumber will lose its bitter taste./AgroWeb.org