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Spiky mini cucumbers??

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Call me weird but everytime I see an ingredient that I don’t know or have never seen before I can’t resist and I just have to buy it. Today I was visiting one of my favorite places to buy meat and vegetables which is the Lindenhoff in Baambrugge. I went there to get a good piece of meat for dinner since my father in law was coming over and I figured we could all use a good piece of something. So I got a really nice piece of veal and started walking around the vegetable area. They grow a lot of their own produce and when you arrive at the farm (the shop is located in the farm where the raise the cows, calves, pigs and lambs you buy in the shop) you can actually walk into the veggie garden. They had a lot of stuff this time of their own garden and I saw these little green spiky monsters. I picked up the basket they were in, took a good look, put them back and then started getting the stuff I needed to have for dinner (lautrec garlic, celeriac, roseval potatoes, apricots and carrots. Didn’t need the last ones but couldn’t resist those either.

20110908-_MG_4351When I went to the register to pay for my goodies I asked the girl at the counter what on earth those things were. Well, she tells me; those are mini cucumbers.. Ok, they are green but that is sort of where it ends in terms of recognizable. So, yes I bought them and now I have no idea what to do with them. I tasted one and indeed the have a cucumber taste but the texture inside is different. More spongy I would say then regular cucumbers. The outside also appear a little tougher. A supermarket cucumber is cruncy on the outside while this one doesn’t break immediately when you put your teeth in it.

I am hoping someone has a suggestion on how I could use these? I haven’t thought of anything other then the obvious boring salad option. Any advice?

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27 comments

  1. This is really amusing..spikes on cucumber! Try to pickle them, use in any simple Indian curry, make Raita with yogurt or grill it with other veggies. Lovely pictures, Simone.

    • Thanks for the suggestions Sanjeeta! Apparently they are called Mexican cucumbers or olive cucumbers and well, still not sure what to make but I’ll keep everyone posted!

      • Well I think i have tasted this vegetable. My maternal grandmother bought it from her village for us to taste. She cooked it like curry. When it is cooked it gives a nutty flavor. If I am not wrong its the same thing that I can see in your picture.

  2. The inside reminds me of a white courgette.
    Interesting how you can cook/eat them 🙂 Will stay tuned.

  3. How interesting! I’ve never seen these before…curious to see what you come up with!

  4. Very Interesting Simone! Would love to try some.

  5. make a smoothie, could be savory or sweet

  6. never seen these before…thanks for posting them 🙂

  7. Wow, these are unusual. I can’t wait to see what you come up with.

    I’m exactly the same, when I see a new and unusual ingredient I can’t help but buy it, with little thought about how I will use it.

  8. Wow, these are unusual. I can’t wait to see what you come up with.

    I’m exactly the same, when I see a new and unusual ingredient I can’t help but buy it, with little thought about how I will use it.

  9. So pretty! I have seen them before, but never ate them…

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  10. I have never seen these before. Are these really growing on Dutch soil??
    I have to visit Lindenhoff, soon!
    Magda

    • He Magda, Yes they are! Unbelievable right? Apparently they are so called olijfkomkommer or olive cucumbers also called mexican cucumbers… I need to look into it a bit more to find out what to make with them, though

  11. I have never seen these before. Are these really growing on Dutch soil??
    I have to visit Lindenhoff, soon!
    Magda

  12. I would love them stuffed- Indian style………slit them length wise/ do not break into two ……just a slit so u have a little pocket to fill in/ fill with grated onion, garlic mixed with indian spices, salt pepper, coriander, garam masala , turmeric…….bake them or saute them in a pan.

  13. haven’t seen like this thank you for sharing

  14. They look like tiny bugs to me LOL.. such an unusual kind of thing. However for some reason I think I have seen them before, not so tiny, but bigger. Do you think they are more like a squash than a cucumber? in the sense that they cannot be eaten raw but needs to be cooked? I have a feeling this will have a bottle gourd kind of taste. Don’t know what u made with them, but I am thinking a light soupy curry kind would be appropriate. I just made one with the bottle gourd today.. little sweet, tempered with cumin in ghee and some tomato based.. with a nice drizzle of lemon juice

    • I’ve discovered in the meantime that these are called olive cucumbers or mexican gurkins. They really do taste like cucumbers but the ones I got – although fairly small – were already too big. The taste is best when they are really small (olive size, which is where the name comes from)

  15. have not seen it before.

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