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QUESTION: Why are cucumbers so bitter?

comments (6) July 6th, 2010

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My sister lives in Texas and has a problem with her cucumbers being bitter on the ends, but not in the middle. Why would this be happening?

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alexreed writes: Nice
Posted: 2:42 am on July 26th
beginnergardner writes: Hi from California. I had the same problem with my cucumbers. They were very bitter. I'm trying the lemon cucumbers this year in my greenhouse. My bitter ones are still producing so I will try the tip above about cutting the ends off and rubbing on a plate. Do you grow cucumbers on a vine like tomatoes?
Posted: 3:17 am on November 9th
Sue73127 writes: Cucumbers may be bitter because of a lack of water at some point in their growth. Try this tip: Cut cucumbers in half and firmly press and rub the cut ends on a plate for about 15 seconds. Cut about 1/4" off the ends you rubbed and rinse the plate. This should draw the bitterness out of the cucumber. The rest of it should be tasty. Good luck!
Posted: 8:57 am on August 23rd
Salad_Days writes: Try lemon cucumbers. They are NEVER EVER bitter.
Posted: 10:23 am on July 9th
ChrisMcLaughlin writes: Here ya go!
Posted: 3:13 pm on July 7th
alethor writes: Hello from Dallas. I have experienced the same problem last year. This year I have selected "European" variety of cucumbers and what a difference. So sweet.
Posted: 2:24 pm on July 7th
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