Here’s what you can do with them

Although traditional vegetables are more popular, buyers choose other, more sophisticated goods, says Vaida Budriene, head of communication at the “Iki” shopping chain.

It is characterized by abundance of good qualities

“Although traditional vegetables – potatoes, carrots, cabbage – are still favorites of Lithuanians, we notice that buyers are willing to experiment more and more. And especially as autumn approaches, pumpkins, celery stalks and cucumbers end up in their baskets,” says V.Budrienė.

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

“Cucumbers look like a hybrid of zucchini and cucumber. It is worth adding this vegetable to your diet, as it has great health benefits. Cucumbers contain vitamins A and C, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium and other useful substances. In addition, they contain very few calories.” That J. Sabaitienne says.

According to him, cucumbers originated from Italy, so it is not surprising that this vegetable is very popular in that country. Cucumbers are usually quite small, elongated or round. They are usually green, white or yellow in color and grow to 2-4 kilograms.

How do Italians eat them?

Cucumbers are popular in Italy. And although there are many different varieties, Italians are particularly fond of the ‘Baratiere’ type of gourd. These cucumbers look like green watermelon and taste like a hybrid of watermelon and cucumber. This type of gourd is mostly grown in southern Italy and Tunisia.

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

“Because Baratier cucumbers taste so fresh, they are often used in salads in Italy. They are very easy to prepare at home. All you need is your favorite lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, onion leaves, sun-dried tomatoes, mozzarella. All the ingredients are chopped and mixed in a large bowl. Such a salad is great. Seasoned with quality olive oil and balsamic vinegar sauce,” says J. Sabaitienne says.

Pasta is flavored with cucumbers, especially in southern Italy, where it is a very popular dish.

You only need a few ingredients to make pasta with gherkins: spaghetti, butter, gherkins, tomato paste, Parmesan cheese, cream and lemon juice. First, the pasta is boiled, then the cucumbers are fried in butter. When the cucumbers are cooked, they are seasoned liberally with salt and pepper. Finally, in the same pan, the water in which the pasta was cooked is poured over the cucumbers, spaghetti, tomato paste, lemon juice and cream are added. All fried and served with grated Parmesan.

J. Sabaitienė also shares some recipes that use cucumbers creatively.

Cucumber and Ginger Soup

You will need:

  • Gourds
  • Greek yogurt
  • Fresh mint
  • Fresh coriander
  • Lemon juice
  • ginger
  • Fresh Chalapa peppers
  • Onion characters
  • salt

How to produce

Put all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Then we put it in the refrigerator, cool everything and serve.

Fresh salad with cucumbers

You will need:

  • Cucumber
  • Peppers
  • Some plum tomatoes
  • ½ cup canned corn
  • A teaspoon of red wine vinegar
  • A teaspoon of dried thyme
  • teaspoon of hot pepper flakes
  • salt
  • Olive oil

How to produce

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

Pasta with Aguerotis

You will need:

  • Cucumber
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Olive oil
  • salt
  • Pepper
  • Tulsi

How to produce

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

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

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