People may ask about the difference between a cucumber and an English cucumber because English cucumbers are more expensive – $2 per cuke or more – is it worth the extra dough?
In my opinion, no, it’s not.
However, I’m biased because I heart cucumbers pretty much more than any other vegetable. They’re just so crisp and refreshing.
- Are also known as slicing cucumbers.
- Have many large seeds.
- Have thick skin.
- Can have a slightly bitter flavor.
- Are also known as seedless cucumbers.
- Have few, underdeveloped seeds.
- Have thin skin.
- Are slightly sweeter than regular.
- Are longer and thinner than regular.
English cucumbers are reportedly preferred by chefs because of their desirable qualities. Supposedly, the large seeds in common cucumbers can yield to a somewhat bitter flavor, but they always have a pleasing mild taste to me.
By the way, Kirby cucumbers are bumpy, firm, and not very large; they’re usually used for pickling. (Although, you can pickle other cucumbers, use Kirby cucumbers as you would slicing cucumbers, etc.)
Japanese cucumbers are similar to English, but with bumps like Kirbys.