18 Apr2013

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When Gejo of Malipayon farms texted his weekly list of available produce, I noticed his mexican cucumbers were back. These cute, unusual little cucumbers were an oddity last year, and I featured them here, and I wanted to see if they would make decent pickles, so I ordered half a kilo’s worth. I also ordered a lot of dill along with my other herbs and greens.

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First we washed the cucumbers thoroughly and set them aside. Next, I made a light pickling liquid with water, rice vinegar, salt, sugar and let this dissolve over a medium flame and then let it cool until just warm. You can use this recipe for a guide to proportions of ingredients. You may choose to add a little more salt if desired for these cucumbers. I also added about a tablespoon of pickling spice, a selection of seeds and spices, to the warm liquid to infuse it with more flavor and aroma.

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Place the small cucumbers in a large jar, together with a copious amount of dill, and pour the warm liquid over the cucumbers. Do not pour the liquid in when very hot, they will cook and discolor the skins of the cucumbers faster than they should.

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Let these chill in a fridge for say 5-7 days before eating them. I tried one after only 2 days and while delicious, it still needed a couple of days more in the pickling solution to transform itself from vegetable to pickle. :)

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I added some of the mexican cucumber pickles to a salad of greens, topped with seared tuna, and it worked really nicely. I can see how these would make terrific garnishes for lots of other dishes as well.

 

COMMENTS:

  1. Footloose says:

    Pretty pictures. Second pic looks like a plate of edamame. I would like to see how the color turns out once the pickling is done. Dill is just one of the multitude of culinary herbs I never came across until I came to Canada. A German colleague introduced me to boiled new potatoes shaken with dill, butter and sour cream as a side for grilled steak. Yum. And this food discovery also goes for dill pickles, all I knew were mixed sweet pickles and of course, burong manga and mustasa.

    Apr 18, 2013 | 7:09 am

     
  2. Andrea says:

    Wow! I would love to try this! Thank you for sharing, MM!

    Apr 18, 2013 | 8:20 am

     
  3. wagie says:

    That is great, first time to hear mexican cucumber. I have not seen any of this here in local market in metro manila. I will try another substitute. Looks delicious.

    Apr 18, 2013 | 8:51 am

     
  4. Natie says:

    Crunch! My Nanay made a mean mustasa buro..too bad I wasn’t able to ask for the recipe before she passed on..it has to be simple…

    Apr 18, 2013 | 10:19 am

     
  5. Papa Ethan says:

    Very interesting! It’s a novel way to add visual interest and some crunch factor to any salad or side dish. Thank you for continually experimenting, and for sharing the results with us. Thanks also to such ventures as Gejo’s for introducing new things to our food experience.

    Apr 18, 2013 | 3:14 pm

     
  6. ling says:

    i am just wondering, if these mexican gerkins are the same with the mini-cucumber like fruiting vine in our garden though, the color is dark green.

    every time i squeeze one fruit, it resembles the smell of fresh cucumber but i haven’t tasted it yet.

    hmmm … i might as well try tasting it. =)

    Apr 18, 2013 | 3:37 pm

     
  7. Roderick says:

    nice jar… can you please share where did you got the jar? thanks

    Apr 18, 2013 | 7:08 pm

     
  8. ConnieC says:

    So that’s what they are called. A lady at the Sta Monica market in Puerto Princesa makes a nice sauce using these cukes , sea weeds and fruit vinegar as ingredients . What a shame that her product can only be made in small quantities and is not enjoyed by a wider following. I love it with the traditional lechon instead of the Mang Tomas kind.

    Apr 18, 2013 | 7:15 pm

     
  9. cumin says:

    I saw these cucumbers a couple of years ago at Centris Sunday market. A little goes a long way in a salad, great burst of flavor when you bite into it. Gejo grows the most amazing plants!

    MM, your sesame encrusted tuna salad looks lovely. Is that pickled singkamas peering from beneath the tuna?

    Apr 18, 2013 | 7:32 pm

     
  10. EbbaBlue says:

    Mexican groceries abound my neighborhood, pero hindi ko pa ito nakita. Siguro sa wet market ko ito matatagpuan. Punta ko ng weekend at as usual, gayahin ko ang ginawa ni Mr. MM. Daghang salamat, ginoo.

    Apr 18, 2013 | 8:56 pm

     
  11. Marketman says:

    cumin, yes, pickled singkamas with the tuna salad. ConnieC, that sauce sounds wonderful. Roderick, I got these specific jars in Divisoria, at Sin Kiang Heng. But you can find similar jars at SM Home Dept, or Landmark housewares dept., etc.

    Apr 18, 2013 | 9:14 pm

     
  12. Monty says:

    These cucumbers look like tiny watermelons.

    Apr 18, 2013 | 9:57 pm

     
  13. Gej says:

    Wonderful pictures MM!

    May I know where Sin Kiang Heng is in Divisoria?

    Monty, they are also called Watermelon Cucumbers in some seed packets and websites.

    Apr 19, 2013 | 4:03 am

     
  14. besYS says:

    Wow! Super cute those cucumber! :-)

    GEJ: Sin Kiang Heng is in Echague, Quiapo

    MM has an archive /post re “where to find and buy?”

    http://www.marketmanila.com/archives/where-can-i-findbuy
    scroll ; below you will see the address :-)

    196 -198 Carlos Palanca St. Quiapo Manila
    733 2129 / 7332133 / 733 6376

    Apr 19, 2013 | 11:14 am

     
  15. bagito says:

    nice pics, MM, esp the first one. looks like something you bought commercially. Puede ka ng supplier ng dean and deluca. :)

    Apr 19, 2013 | 12:09 pm

     
  16. Connie C says:

    MM: Will try to get you some the next time I go to Puerto Princesa and chance she has some stock in her shelves. The sauce goes well with many fried or grilled dishes or makes a nice salad dressing, as in cuke sauce on cukes.

    Apr 19, 2013 | 7:20 pm

     
  17. sophie says:

    learned something new today, Mexican Cucumber (oh oh how ignorant of me) all I know are those two to three types of Cucumbers in the grocery. thank you MM for sharing :)

    Apr 20, 2013 | 10:42 am

     
  18. Sally says:

    I got to get me some of those cute cucumbers and make my own cornichon!

    Apr 22, 2013 | 10:23 am

     

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