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In New Zealand we
can buy several
types of cucumber
-- short, apple, tele-
graph and leba-
nese. My favourite
is the lebanese
cucumber, a smal-
ler version of the
telegraph, at only
12 to 15 centimetres long. It has a very sweet taste, is
juicy, has no seeds and a tender skin that does not need
to be peeled.
Telegraph cucumbers are very popular and are grown
in hothouses. They are long, usually 30cm to 45cm,
with a soft skin.
Traditional short cucumbers are 15cm to 20cm long,
fatter than lebanese cucumbers, with a slightly uneven,
hard, dark green skin that has to be peeled. Sometimes
the seeds are also removed.
Apple cucumbers are pale yellow oval cucumbers,
10cm to 12cm long with a hard skin that is usually
peeled. They are crisp with a mild, sweet flavour and
can be eaten like an apple.
Cucumbers are 96 per cent water and related to the
watermelon, so it is easy to see why they are so refresh-
ing. Eating both the skin and seeds will deliver the best
Cucumbers contain some vitamin C, carotene and
fibre in the skins. Lebanese cucumbers have about
twice as much vitamin C as other varieties.
The best cucumbers have an even colour and a firm
Check the colour of telegraph and short cucumbers.
A vibrant green colour shows the cucumbers have
been recently harvested, while a dull green or yellow
Telegraph and lebanese cucumbers don't need to be
peeled, and usually the immature seeds are not
removed. However, apple and short cucumbers usually
need to be peeled.
The seeds may need to be removed in more mature
fruit. Very young fruit may not need peeling or deseed-
Store in the fridge and use promptly, or store in a cool
place at 10 to 12 degrees Celsius.
Cucumbers are great as a salad vegetable, but they
can be prepared in a surprising number of other ways.
Cucumbers make an excellent chilled soup with
grated cucumber and plain yoghurt.
Short cucumbers can be peeled, chopped and sauteed
to serve with fish.
Short cucumbers can be hollowed out and filled with
a savoury filling. Depending on the type of filling,
cucumbers may be eaten raw, microwaved or baked.
Use mature cucumbers in pickles or chutneys.
Grated cucumber with chopped mint and yoghurt is
raita -- a popular dish in Indian cuisine.
Slices of cucumber can be used like crackers, topped
with salmon and garnished with dill.
Slice telegraph cucumbers into matchsticks, add to
cooked, sliced beef and toss with a Thai flavoured
Cut sweet lebanese cucumbers into small fingers for
your toddler -- they will enjoy the coolness of the
For cucumber recipes and other inspiring vegetable
ideas, visit vegetables.co.nz.
The crowd on
watch the floats
Thousands enjoy parade
looks out from
the back seat of
a vintage car.
Manawatu District Mayor Ian McKelvie says
the crowd at the Feilding Christmas Parade
on Sunday was the biggest he has seen.
Manawatu Turbos flashed thighs on Harley
Davidson motorbikes and there were wheels
of nearly every kind. A woman on Colyton's
dairy-themed float got laughs from the crowd
as she pulled bright yellow pounds of butter''
from a churn. If only it was that easy.
One boy was heard to exclaim as the
Department of Conservation float with Santa
stuck down a chimney went past: Santa's
Luckily the man in the red suit made a
miraculous recovery as he brought up the
rear of about 70 floats.
Best School Float: Taonui School
Best Preschool Float: Gail's Childcare Cen-
treBest Community Float: Colyton Dairy
Best Business Float: Downtown
Best Christmas Themed Float: More FM.
Back to the basics: It was Ashhurst's turn to celebrate the festival season on Saturday.
This group puts the Christ in Christmas.
Photo: LEILANI HATCH
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