Cucumber | Salatalık

Cucumber originated in India where they once grew wild. Between 2000 and 3000 BC, the Indian population domesticated the cucumber and began adding the vegetable to their cuisine. More than a thousand years later, they started trading cucumbers with the Middle East and Europe. During Roman Empire, cucumbers reached Turkey. Today, Turkey is the second largest producer of cucumbers worldwide.

 
 


Preparation


In Turkey, cucumber is eaten fresh and pickled. Fresh cucumber, yoghurt and herbs are used in a traditional salad called cacık

 
 


Quick Guide


In Turkish, cucumber is called salatalık.
Although cucumbers are grown in greenhouses throughout Turkey, the climate in the Aegean and Mediterranean regions is naturally suited for cultivation.
Cucumbers are available all year. The peak season is June, July and August.

 
 


Inspiration


‘Heaven is a homegrown cucumber’
– Alys  Fowler

 

 
 



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