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General Produce

Cucumbers, Common

Grades:
 

  • Fancy
  • Select
Receiving Inspecting:

Cucumbers should be firm, well-shaped, and have an even dark green color and uniform size. Cucumbers may be treated with an edible wax to prvent moisture loss and enhance appearance. Avoid cucumbers that are shriveled, yellow in color, or have soft spots.

Storage Handling:
 

Short-term storage recommendation (7 days or less)

  • 45-50° F/7-10° C
  • 85-90% relative humidity
Shelf-Life:
10 to 14 days.
Troubleshooting:

Pitting, water-soaked spots, and decay indicate chill injury. Shriveling can occur if cucumbers are stored in an area with low humidity. Store properly.

Yellowing and softening can occur if cucumbers are exposed to ethylene gas. Storing at high temperatures may also promote yellowing. Keep cucumbers away from ethylene-producing fruits and ripening rooms.

Soft, sunken ends, and a loose seed cavity result when product is over-mature.

Usage Ideas:

  • Purée cucumbers, cilantro, Italian parsley, green onions, honeydew melon, ginger, yogurt, and olive oil; serve green gazpacho topped with grilled shrimp.
  • Mix finely minced pickled cucumbers, baby dill, and garlic into ground turkey; patty and grill.