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Vaida Budrienė, head of communication at the shopping chain “Iki”, said that although traditional vegetables remain the most popular, buyers are also choosing more sophisticated items.

It is characterized by an abundance of good qualities

“Although traditional vegetables – potatoes, carrots, cabbage – are still favorites of Lithuanians, we noticed that buyers prefer experiments. And especially in autumn, pumpkins, celery sticks, and cucumbers will be in the basket,” said V. Budrienė.

Jolanta Sabaitienė, an employee of the fruit and vegetable department of the shopping chain “This”, said that cucumber is a representative of the pumpkin vegetable family.

“Cucumber looks like a hybrid of zucchini and cucumber. You should include this vegetable in your diet, because it has good health benefits. Cucumber contains vitamins A and C, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium and other useful substances. In addition, it contains very few calories”, said J. Sabaitienė.

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

How do Italians eat?

Cucumbers are famous in Italy. And although there are many varieties, Italians are particularly fond of the ‘Barattiere’ type of pumpkin. This cucumber looks like a green melon, and tastes like a mixture of melon and cucumber. This type of pumpkin is commonly grown in southern Italy and Tunisia.

In Italy, this vegetable is preferred unripe. They are eaten alone as a snack. Due to its smooth and slightly sweet taste, agurota is also often used in salads and pasta dishes.

“Because ‘Barattiere’ cucumbers have a very fresh taste, in Italy they are usually used in salads. They can be easily made at home. All you need is your favorite lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, onion leaves, dried tomatoes, mozzarella. All the ingredients are chopped and mixed in a large bowl. The salad can be seasoned with olive oil and high-quality balsamic vinegar dressing,” said J. Sabaitienė.

Pasta is also seasoned with cucumber, 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 cucumber is fried in butter. When the cucumber is cooked, season it with salt and pepper. Finally, in the same pan, pour a spoonful of the pasta-cooked water on the cucumber, spaghetti, tomato paste, lemon juice, and cream. Everything is sautéed and served with grated parmesan.

J. Sabaitienė also shares some other recipes in which you will use cucumbers creatively.

Cucumber and ginger soup

You will need:

  • Pumpkin
  • Greek yogurt
  • fresh mint
  • fresh coriander
  • orange juice
  • ginger
  • fresh Chalapa pepper
  • onion letters
  • salt

How to do it

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
  • pepper
  • some plum tomatoes
  • half a cup of canned corn
  • teaspoon of red wine vinegar
  • teaspoon dried thyme
  • teaspoon of hot pepper flakes
  • salt
  • olive oil

How to do it

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

Pasta with agurotis

You will need:

  • cucumber
  • garlic
  • garlic
  • parmesan cheese
  • olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper
  • basil

How to do it

Cut the aguroti into thin slices. Peel the garlic cloves and onions and chop them. Boil the pasta according to the instructions on the package.

Heat oil in a pan and fry all the vegetables except the garlic. Place the cooked vegetables on a plate. Heat a little oil in a pan, add chopped garlic and fry for a while. 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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