Here’s what you can make of them

Vaida Budriene, Head of Communications at Iki retail chain, says that although traditional vegetables remain the most popular, buyers are choosing other, more sophisticated goods.

It is characterized by many good qualities

“Although traditional vegetables – potatoes, carrots, cabbage – are still the favorite foods of Lithuanians, we notice that buyers are more willing to experiment. “Especially, as autumn approaches, pumpkins, celery stalks and cucumbers fall into baskets,” says V. Boudrienye.

Jolanta Sabaitiene, an employee of the fruit and vegetable department of the “Iki” trade chain, says that cucumbers are representatives of the pumpkin vegetable family.

“Cucumber looks like a hybrid of zucchini and cucumber. It is recommended to include this vegetable in your diet as it has many health benefits. Cucumber contains vitamins A and C, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium and other useful substances. In addition, they contain very few calories,” says J. Sabaitene.

According to him, cucumber originated from Italy, so it is not surprising that this vegetable is very popular in this country. Cucumbers are usually very short, elongated or round. They are usually greenish, white or yellowish in color and grow up to 2-4 kilograms.

How do Italians eat them?

Cucumber is popular in Italy. Although there are many different varieties, Italians prefer the “Barattier” type of pumpkin. This cucumber looks like a green melon and tastes like a hybrid of a melon and a cucumber. This type of pumpkin is mostly grown in southern Italy and Tunisia.

In Italy, these vegetables are preferred not fully ripe. They are eaten alone as a snack. Due to its delicate and slightly sweet taste, agurota is also often used in salads and pasta dishes.

“Barattiere” cucumbers have a very fresh taste, so in Italy they are often used in salads. You can make them at home very easily. All you need is your favorite lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, onion leaves, sun-dried tomatoes, and mozzarella. All ingredients are chopped and mixed in a large bowl. Such a salad can be seasoned with high-quality olive oil and balsamic vinegar sauce,” says J. Sabaitiene.

Pasta, also flavored with cucumber, is a very popular dish, especially in southern Italy.

To make cornice pasta, you only need a few ingredients: spaghetti, butter, cornice, tomato paste, Parmesan cheese, cream and lemon juice. First, the pasta is boiled, then the cucumber is fried in oil. When the cucumbers are cooked, they are seasoned generously with salt and pepper. Finally, a bucket of water in which the pasta was cooked in the same pan is poured over the cucumbers, spaghetti, tomato paste, lemon juice and cream are added. All toasted and served with grated parmesan.

J. SabaitienÄ— also shares several recipes where you can use cucumbers creatively.

Cucumber and ginger soup

You will need:

  • pumpkin
  • Greek yogurt
  • fresh mint
  • fresh coriander
  • lime juice
  • ginger
  • fresh Chalapa peppers
  • onion letters
  • salt

How to produce

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Then put it in the refrigerator, let everything cool down and serve.

Fresh salad with cucumber

You will need:

  • cucumber
  • angle
  • a few plum tomatoes
  • half a cup of canned corn
  • a teaspoon of red wine vinegar
  • a teaspoon of dried thyme
  • a teaspoon of hot pepper flakes
  • salt
  • olive oil

How to produce

Chop the vegetables and mix them in a large bowl. Mix the oil and spices in a small bowl. Pour over the vegetables, stir and serve.

Pasta with agorotite

You will need:

  • cucumber
  • onion
  • garlic
  • parmesan cheese
  • olive oil
  • salt
  • angle
  • Raihan

How to produce

Cut the aguroti into thin slices. Peel and chop the garlic and onion. Boil the pasta according to package directions.

Heat oil in a pan and fry all vegetables except garlic. Put the cooked vegetables on a plate. Heat a little more oil in a pan, add chopped garlic and fry a little. Then we pour the prepared vegetables and pasta into the pan, season with salt and pepper and sprinkle with parmesan and fresh basil before serving. Tasty!

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