What is a Hot House Cucumber and why does it matter?
I had a friend make us a wonderful pepper, cucumber,cheese and humus platter for super bowl last weekend. She had the prettiest cucumbers sliced and put on display to dip in a red pepper humus. The platter was a hit and left me craving more veggies and humus dip! So what’s all the fuss over the cucumbers that she used?
Hot House Cucumbers are typically the ones you find pre-wrapped in plastic at the grocery store. The ones I have found are usually longer and skinnier than the typical garden cucumbers that my mom picks from her garden.
What makes a Hot House Cucumber different?
- The skin of the cucumber is thinner, making it entirely edible
- Marketed as a “seedless cucumber”,the seeds are virtually unnoticeable when eating a Hot House Cucumber and they are a bit sweeter than your average cucumber
- With thinner skin, this makes for the perfect slicing cucumber
- Super crispy and easy to cut, you can create decorative designs as side items or in a main dish
A few tips on recipes with cucumbers –
- A food processor will make all the difference when you need to chop up more than one cucumber. You can control the thickness of the cut and literally cut down on the chopping time.
- With some recipes like my Spicy Kickin’ Cucumbers, the longer the cucumbers sit,the better they are!
- Serve chilled for the best flavor
So what else have I got in store for these awesome, sweet, seedless cucumbers? Check out my post on Spicy Kickin’ Cucumbers and try them out today!
Until the next Hot Mess……