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Poona Kheera Cucumbers
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Poona Kheera cucumbers are short and thick fruits, averaging 10 to 12 centimeters in length and 5 to 7 centimeters in diameter, and have an oblong, cylindrical shape with rounded ends. The skin is pale yellow, smooth, and thin when young, and as the cucumber matures, it develops a thicker, tough skin with a brown, russeted surface similar in appearance to a potato. Underneath the skin, the flesh ranges from pale green to white, depending on maturity, and is crisp and aqueous, encasing a central cavity filled with many oblong and flat, cream-colored seeds. Poona Kheera cucumbers are crunchy and aromatic with a mild, subtly green, and sweet flavor.
Poona Kheera cucumbers are available year-round, with a peak season in the summer through fall.
Poona Kheera cucumbers, botanically classified as Cucumis sativus, are uniquely colored fruits that grow on climbing vines and are members of the Cucurbitaceae family. Considered to be an heirloom variety native to India, Poona Kheera cucumbers are widely used in Indian cuisine as a cooling element to balance spicy and sour flavors. The cucumbers are traditionally sold when they have a yellow skin tone and are young, sweet, and juicy, but Poona Kheera cucumbers can also be harvested and used at any stage of maturity for culinary applications. Poona Kheera cucumbers are rare to find outside of India and are grown as a specialty variety through farms and home gardens in the United States.
Poona Kheera cucumbers are an excellent source of potassium, which is an electrolyte that can help maintain body fluids and lower blood pressure. The cucumbers also contain vitamins A, C, and K, and minerals such as magnesium, manganese, iron, and phosphorus.
Poona Kheera cucumbers are best suited for both raw and cooked applications such as grilling stir-frying, and simmering. When fresh, the cucumbers can be sliced and consumed out-of-hand, chopped and tossed into green salads, layered into sandwiches, sliced and served with dips, or diced into slaws with herbs and spices. Poona Kheera cucumbers can also be lightly stir-fried with other crisp vegetables, sliced and grilled for a smoky flavor, or incorporated into curries for added crunch. The cucumbers hold their shape well and readily absorb flavors allowing for sauces to be distributed through dishes. They can also be pickled for extended use or infused into water as a refreshing beverage. Poona Kheera cucumbers pair well with tomatoes, onions, shallots, shishito peppers, purslane, cilantro, spices such as cumin, black mustard seeds, and turmeric, peanuts, hazelnuts, coconut, citrus, and plums. The cucumbers will keep up to three weeks when stored in a cool and dark place.
In India, during the pre-monsoon season, cucumbers are one of the few plants to survive the scorching temperatures and are used in dishes to restore balance to the body. Highly regarded in Ayurvedic medicine as a way to reduce heat or pitta, cucumbers increase the amount of dosa or liquids in the body through fresh salads and act as a reprieve to spicy sauces and heavier main dishes. They are also traditionally infused into water, made into chutney, or used in raita, which is a condiment incorporating yogurt, cucumbers, cilantro, green onions, and spices. In addition to cooling the body, cucumbers are utilized as decorations to celebrate the Hindu deity, Krishna. During the annual festival known as Krishna Janmashtami, many cucumbers are displayed around houses and are also brought to the temples as a form of worship.
Cucumbers are believed to be native to India and have been selectively bred and grown for over three thousand years. They were introduced to the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and China through trade and eventually spread to Western Europe in the 8th and 9th centuries. In the 15th century, Christopher Columbus familiarized the Caribbean with cucumbers, and European immigrants transported the seeds into North America, where native Indians grew them. Poona Kheera cucumbers were bred from these original varieties in India and have been used in culinary applications and religious practices since ancient times. Today Poona Kheera cucumbers are still highly cultivated in India, but they are also available through online seed catalogs for home garden use. Outside of India and home gardens, these cucumbers are found through specialty grocers and farmers markets in Europe, Asia, and North America.
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