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Difference Between Cucumbers and Pickles

Cucumbers vs Pickles

Some vegetables really taste great. Some vegetables do not. Some have consistent and flavorful tastes while others have a bland and awful taste. I’m talking about cucumbers and pickles. But these do not taste awful. These are great vegetables for they taste good.

Cucumbers and pickles are totally the same. They have no difference except that pickles have undergone food processing involving certain food seasonings. Let us find out.

Cucumber is a plant that is a member of the gourd family along with squash. It originated in India and is now cultivated all over the globe. It is a plant that creeps from the ground and has vines. The vines grow from the ground. Then it flowers and grows into a full-blown cucumber. The cucumber is cylindrical and elongated in shape. Cucumbers are made up of 90% water. The taste of a cucumber is somehow a watery flavor with a dash of a light melon taste. Cucumbers are mostly used in salads, particularly vegetable salads. This can also be a form of appetizer together with vinegar.

Pickles, on the other hand, are also cucumbers. It is a short term for pickled cucumbers. In the US, UK, and Australia, people call them pickles. It is a cucumber that was pickled in vinegar or brine. It can also be left to ferment with other solutions for another taste and variety. There are different types of pickles that are produced around the globe. The first one is gherkin which is a type of pickle that is small and allowed to ferment in vinegar. Another is cornichon which is a French type of pickle. It is a gherkin fermented in tarragon plus vinegar. Another are brined pickles which are allowed to ferment using salt only. This produces a sour taste for these pickles. Another one is kosher dill in the U.S. in which the pickles are fermented in brine with the addition of garlic and dill weed. There are more variety of pickles. Pickles are used in salads, in dressings, in stuffing chickens, etc.

The cucumber is really a great type of harvest which can be eaten plain or be brined to make the delicious and nutritious pickles. It takes just a minimal effort to make a dish out of a cucumber or pickle.

Summary:

1.Cucumber is a plant that didn’t have any fermentation while pickles are cucumbers which underwent pickling.
2.Cucumbers have a plain, watery taste while pickles can have a sour taste.
3.Cucumbers are natural but pickles are better.


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  1. We had a small New England farm. Pickles and cucumbers are different. A pickle is generally shorter than a cucumber. It has bumpy skin. Usually they are a little denser inside than a cucumber. Both can be soaked in brine and spices. After this processing, both are called pickles but really there are pickled cucumbers and pickles that are pickled. Maybe we should call them “pickled pickles”. Just kidding.

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